Policy ForumClimate Change

Parallel Pursuit of Near-Term and Long-Term Climate Mitigation

Science  23 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5952, pp. 526-527
DOI: 10.1126/science.1177042

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It is well accepted that reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is the lynchpin of any long-term climate stabilization strategy, because of the long lifetime of CO2 in the atmosphere (1). However, a focus on CO2 may prove ineffective in the near term without comparable attention to pollutants with shorter lifetimes (2).