Cal­i­for­nia to cut methane, HFC, black car­bon emis­sions

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

CAL­I­FOR­NIA WILL cut down emis­sions of methane and hy­droflu­o­ro­car­bons (HFCs) by 40 per cent and black car­bon by 50 per cent over the next 15 years, its gov­er­nor Jerry Brown an­nounced Come hell or high wa­ter, Cal­i­for­nia said dur­ing an event hosted by the United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme and the Cli­mate and Clean Air Coali­tion at the UN head­quar­ters in New York. Short­Lived Cli­mate Pol­lu­tants (SLCPs), which con­trib­ute as much as 40 per cent to the cur­rent rate of global warm­ing, in­clude black car­bon, HFCs, methane, and tro­po­spheric ozone. Ag­gres­sive cuts in emis­sions of SLCPs glob­ally could avoid up to 0.6ÊC of warm­ing by 2050.

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