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Soot and short-lived pollutants provide political opportunity


Cutting levels of soot and other short-lived pollutants delivers tangible benefits and helps governments to build confidence that collective action on climate change is feasible. After the Paris climate meeting this December, actually reducing these pollutants will be essential to the credibility of the diplomatic process.

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Figure 1: Avoided sea-level rise at 2100 due to aggressive mitigation of long-lived CO2 and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).


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Victor, D., Zaelke, D. & Ramanathan, V. Soot and short-lived pollutants provide political opportunity. Nature Clim Change 5, 796–798 (2015).

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