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Short-lived pollutants

Nature Geoscience

August 2, 2010

Curbing emissions of short-lived pollutants such as methane and black carbon could help to refine projections of future climate change, suggests a Commentary published online this week in Nature Geoscience.

The precise contribution of short-lived pollutants to global warming is uncertain. Joyce Penner and colleagues argue that cutting emissions of these compounds in the next few decades could not only help to reduce global warming, but could help determine their contribution to warming, thereby improving projections of future climate change.

doi: 10.1038/ngeo932

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