16 Feb '12, 9pm

Black carbon initiative should not block real carbon action: WWF @World_Wildlife

Washington, D.C. - World Wildlife Fund (WWF) welcomes Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s announcement this morning of a new initiative to address ‘short-lived’ pollutants that contribute to climate change – but warned that the primary effort in reducing dangerous climate changing emissions has to remain on achieving rapid and deep cuts to carbon dioxide emissions. The initiative also includes Canada, Mexico, Ghana, Sweden and Bangladesh. The substances highlighted in the initiative – black carbon or soot, methane and hydrofluorocarbons – are known as short-lived climate forcers since they do not stay in the atmosphere as long as CO2 . Major sources of black carbon include burning of biomass in traditional cookstoves and fires in some developing countries, as well as diesel exhaust. “The fact is that the big emitters like the US and Canada that are advancing this i...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2012/WWFPres...

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