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The role of short-lived climate pollutants in meeting temperature goals

Bowerman, Niel H.A.; Frame, David J.; Huntingford, Chris; Lowe, Jason A.; Smith, Stephen M.; Allen, Myles R.. 2013 The role of short-lived climate pollutants in meeting temperature goals. Nature Climate Change, 3. 1021-1024. 10.1038/nclimate2034

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Abstract/Summary

Some recent high-profile publications have suggested that immediately reducing emissions of methane, black carbon and other short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) may contribute substantially towards the goal of limiting global warming to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. Although this literature acknowledges that action on long-lived climate pollutants (LLCPs) such as CO2 is also required, it is not always appreciated that SLCP emissions in any given decade only have a significant impact on peak temperature under circumstances in which CO2 emissions are falling. Immediate action on SLCPs might potentially ‘buy time’ for adaptation by reducing near-term warming; however early SLCP reductions, compared with reductions in a future decade, do not buy time to delay reductions in CO2.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1038/nclimate2034
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 2 - Biogeochemistry and Climate System Processes > BGC - 2.1 - Quantify & model processes that control the emission, fate and bioavailability of pollutants
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 2 - Biogeochemistry and Climate System Processes
CEH Sections: Reynard
ISSN: 1758-678X
NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 10 Mar 2014 16:09 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/505168

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