Short-lived Climate Pollutants Must be Part of the Solution to Get to 1.5˚C Goal of Paris Agreement

Short-lived Climate Pollutants Must be Part of the Solution to Get to 1.5˚C Goal of Paris Agreement
Dear Colleague,
In a few days, the *Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change * will release a major report assessing the prospects for limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Meeting that temperature goal in the Paris Agreement, and sparing the world from future climate catastrophes, cannot happen without swift action to reduce highly potent short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) – one of the most overlooked opportunities to address climate change and alleviate poverty. Taking action on these powerful pollutants should be a key part of ramping up ambition under the Paris Agreement by 2020.
A new WRI/Oxfam working paper, *Strengthening Nationally Determined Contributions to Catalyze Actions that Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants* , explains why reducing SLCPs like methane, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and black carbon should be part of countries’ climate and development agendas, alongside ambitious policies to reduce CO2. Especially as countries look for ways to strengthen their national climate commitments by 2020, tackling SLCPs can make a measurable and immediate impact on global temperature rise in the near-term, result in cleaner air, and produce extraordinary benefits in public health and food security.
Would you please help spread the word about the benefits of addressing these powerful climate pollutants?
– Download the *full paper *and share it with your political, business and civic leaders – Read our blog post: *3 Charts Explain One of the Most Overlooked Opportunities to Address Climate Change and Poverty* – Promote the publication online using the hashtag *#1o5C*
Thank you for your continued commitment to addressing climate change.
Regards,
David Waskow Director, International Climate Initiative

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