18 Feb '12, 10am

Why the Short-Term Climate Pollution Plan is a Long-Term Green Win

Why the Short-Term Climate Pollution Plan is a Long-Term Green Win

Earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled a new international program to cut black carbon , methane, hydroflourocarbons and other short-lived pollutants that add to global warming. The new program will be a joint effort of the governments of the United States, Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden and the United Nations Environment Program , and will be managed from UNEP headquarters in Nairobi. This new program will focus on the types of global warming pollution that stay in the atmosphere for weeks or months, and will complement longer-term strategies that focus on long-lasting pollutants like carbon dioxide. The New York Times' article on the news noted that 30-40 percent of all global warming impacts are attributable to these short-lived pollutants. As I wrote in NRDC's official statement on the announcement, "This is a historic and over...

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