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Sustainability 2009, 1(1), 43-54; doi:10.3390/su1010043

Climate Change and Air Pollution: Exploring the Synergies and Potential for Mitigation in Industrializing Countries

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA
Received: 22 January 2009 / Accepted: 20 March 2009 / Published: 24 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Atmospheric Pollution)
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Air pollutants such as tropospheric ozone and black carbon (soot) also contribute to the greenhouse effect. Black carbon is thought to be the second or third most important anthropogenic contributor to global warming, while troposheric ozone is the fourth most important. Both are also major components of indoor and outdoor air pollution. This paper reviews the existing literature of the health, economic, and climatic impacts of tropospheric ozone and black carbon emissions, together with mitigation options. The local nature of many of the impacts, combined with their short atmospheric lifetime and the existence of cost-effective abatement technologies that are already widely deployed in developed countries means reducing these emissions provides a highly climatically-effective mitigation option that is also appropriate to the development strategy of industrializing countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: Climate change; black carbon; post-Kyoto; mitigation; ozone Climate change; black carbon; post-Kyoto; mitigation; ozone
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Moore, F.C. Climate Change and Air Pollution: Exploring the Synergies and Potential for Mitigation in Industrializing Countries. Sustainability 2009, 1, 43-54.

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