Recent Climate Pacts Could Add Up to Significant Action reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. With global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions stalled, cutting short-lived but very powerful climate changing pollutants has emerged as an unsung story of U.S.-led progress in the international climate arena. Momentum has quietly been building toward a series of agreements that, when combined, could make a significant dent in the amount of manmade warming that occurs during the next several decades. The US and China, the biggest players in the United Nations climate talks, agreed recently to limit emissions of hydrofluorocarbons which are potent, short-lived greenhouse gases originally proposed as substitutes for ozone hole causing chlorofluorocarbons. G20 nations also joined the bandwagon to limit HFCs. Finally, the newly formed international forum on limiting short term greenhouse gases, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollution, now includes 33 nations, the European Commission, and numerous nongovernmental organizations; it has $60 million to fund projects like providing cleaner burning woodstoves worldwide promoting the use of cleaner diesel engines, both of which are sources of short term black carbon emissions.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte
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