Remarks by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner on Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
If someone proposed that you could save close to 2.5 million lives annually, cut global crop losses by around 30 million tonnes a year and curb climate change by around half a degree Celsius what would you do?
Act of course: and that is what six countries, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will be announcing today under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants.
The targets of this new partnership, involving Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana,Mexico,Sweden and the United States, are black carbon or 'soot', hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and methane - the latter being a powerful greenhouse gas but now known to be one that also aggravates the formation of other climate pollutants.
More than a decade of painstaking science has now built a powerful case that can no longer be ignored.
Namely, that swift action on the multiple sources of black carbon, HFCs, and methane can deliver extraordinary benefits in terms of public health, food security and near-term climate protection.