Air pollution is now the world's largest single environmental health risk, causing premature deaths worldwide. Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UNEP Executive Director, explains in an op-ed article what the impacts and associated risks are and provides solutions that help silence the silent killer.
For the first-ever UN Environment Assembly this week, the CCAC will be conducting or participating in events on topics ranging from air quality in Africa to the launch of the substantially new second edition of Time to Act brochure. We will also be mounting an exhibit about the Coalition and its work and conducting a workshop on national planning to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.
Short-lived climate pollutants are everywhere in our lives. They are impacting the climate system and the quality of our air. It is time to act. Read more in the new, 2nd edition of Time to Act
Beginning soon, the CCAC will launch a worldwide campaign to highlight air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, as a major cause of health problems. The CCAC has always focused strongly on climate change as a major effect of emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, but no less important is disease.
The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides the latest comprehensive evaluation of the factors driving climate change. Regarding short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), AR5 finds larger contributions to climate change from methane and carbonaceous aerosols than the previous IPCC assessment while noting that uncertainties in the influence of aerosols remain large
The CCAC has played an important role in moving East Africa toward cleaner diesel fuel that is lower in sulphur and closer to world standard. Until recently, the diesel sulphur levels in this region ranged between 5,000 parts per million (ppm) and 10,000 ppm. Compare this to US and Europe standards of 10-15 ppm. In the past, the region relied on fuel supplies from a refinery in Kenya as well as from direct imports.
Durwood Zaelke, President, IGSD, on the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Mr. Jun Daito, Ph.D. on the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Yunus Arikan, Policy Director, ICLEI on the work of the CCAC, and ICLEI's role as a partner
Mr. Jun Daito, Ph.D. on Japan's partnership with the CCAC
Yunus Arikan, Policy Director, ICLEI on partnership with the CCAC
Konrad Paulsen Rivas Chile, Embajador ante Kenya y Africa del Este (Español)
Kossivi Uwolowudu ESSIOMLE, Secrétaire Général, Ministère de l'Environnement et des Ressources Forestières, Togo (Français)
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Ministro del Ambiente, Perú (Español)
Joseph Alcamo, UNEP's Chief Scientist speaks on short-lived climate pollutants and more
Meet the CCAC: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants in brick production [in Spanish with English subtitles]
Low-GWP Alternatives in Commercial Refrigeration: Propane, CO2 and HFO Case Studies
My personal takeaway from Abu Dhabi, a blog by Romina Picolo
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26 June 2014 New Report from World Bank and ClimateWorks Foundation Shows Economic Benefits of Climate-Smart Government Policies
24 June 2014 Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Issues New Version of Popular Publication “Time to Act”
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05 June 2014 Statement from the Republic of Maldives on World Environment Day 2014