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On Thin Ice: How Cutting Pollution Can Slow Warming and Save Lives

This report show why it is critical to slow the rate of temperature increase in the cryosphere and how the reduction of short-lived pollutants can be key to avoiding dangerous changes and risk to development, and at the same time improve public health and food security. Read More

This report shows how important it is to have a broad solution space to climate change, reductions in short lived greenhouse gasses can slow warming in critical snow and ice-covered regions and at the same time save the lives and health of millions of people. To date there has been to little focus on the linkages between short-lived climate pollutants and long-lived greenhouse gasses; this report points to the great potential for realizing co-benefits in response strategies, where immediate concerns can be addressed at the same time as long term sustainability issues are addressed.

“Facing a likely loss of summer sea ice by 2030, and disappearance of many land glaciers even earlier, efforts aimed at longer-lived greenhouse gases—while absolutely vital to the long-term preservation of these regions—will not be enough unless accompanied by reductions in more near-term forcers of the regional and global climate systems.”

Download the report from the World Bank webpages.

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