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Climate policy for short- and long-lived pollutants

The current focus on the long-term global warming potential in climate policy-making runs the risk of mitigation options for short-lived climate pollutants being ignored, and tipping points being crossed. We outline how a more balanced perspective on long- and short-lived climate pollutants could become politically feasible.

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L.P.F. acknowledges financial support from the EU ERC (grant no. 295456).

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Fig. 1: Comparison of life-cycle emissions of alternative fuels.
Fig. 2: Global GHG and BC emissionsby sector and country.