Smog Isn’t Gone. Why Solving Climate Change Is About More Than Carbon Dioxide

The skies may look clearer these days. But don’t get too
excited. Levels of smog and other short-lived climate pollutants
(remember HFCs?) are still high and climbing.


The good news: there’s a long track record of international
cooperation to get these harmful pollutants in check. The
challenge: finding the political will to eliminate them
entirely.

Short-lived climate pollutants include black carbon or soot,
methane, hydrofluorocarbons and tropospheric ozone, or what we
think of as city smog. In addition to heating up the atmosphere,
they dirty our air, make people sick and affect the ozone
layer.


In this episode of Political Climate, we
speak to environmental litigator, professor, author and advocate
Durwood Zaelke about why the world needs to prioritize non-carbon
dioxide greenhouse gases and what’s being done to curb them (with
support from both sides of the political aisle).


Zaelke is the founder and President of theInstitute for
Governance & Sustainable Development in Washington, DC and
Paris, where he focuses on fast mitigation strategies to protect
the climate. He’s received numerous awards for his work on the
Montreal Protocol and his efforts to enact the Kigali Amendment to
phasedown HFCs for climate protection.

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Source: FS – GreenTech Media
Smog Isn’t Gone. Why Solving Climate Change Is About More
Than Carbon Dioxide