Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a non-profit environmental organization with offices throughout the United States and in China that works to protect the earth’s atmosphere by improving air quality and reducing global climate change through scientific research, public advocacy, technological innovation and private sector collaboration.
CATF is particularly active in a number of different venues around the globe on supporting scientific research, promoting policy initiatives, encouraging financial incentives, and championing regulations that could dramatically reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants.
CATF's initiatives in this field are aimed at reducing pollutants that will have the greatest impact in warming the planet over the near term and offer the most promising targets for immediate cleanup. These include methane, black carbon (BC), and pollutants that create tropospheric ozone.
Because these gases and aerosols have a much shorter atmospheric lifespan than CO2, significant cuts in their emissions will yield much faster reductions in planetary warming, as compared to reductions in CO2. This is particularly the case in snow- and ice-covered regions, including the Arctic and mountain regions, where warming is occurring at twice the rate of the rest of the world. According to CATF, by targeting short-lived pollutants we can also improve air quality and human health.
In addition, CATF's work on global climate change focuses on CO2 reduction strategies around the world, through development of and advocacy for low-carbon energy innovation platforms for technologies such as advanced nuclear, and for reduction of fossil fuel emissions through carbon capture, utilization and storage on both coal- and natural gas-fired power plants.