16 Feb '12, 3pm

Hillary Clinton is tackling climate change whether you like it or not

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, along with EPA’s Lisa Jackson and a handful of international diplomats, has had enough of climate inaction. She announced a new initiative this morning to start attacking “short-lived climate pollutants” – otherwise known as “everything except carbon dioxide.” Recent research has shown that decreasing these pollutants, which include methane, soot, and HFCs, could actually pull back climate change by as much as 0.9 degrees. That won’t solve the problem, but it could buy the world some time while diplomats continue squabbling over carbon. There’s also a win-win-win angle to attacking pollutants like soot and methane. Some of the strategies that achieve that goal also have health and economic benefits. Cutting soot means replacing dirty cookstoves with cleaner ones, for instance. Improving wastewater treatment cuts methane and also improves...

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