International Environment Organizations' Letter to Biden Administration on the Need to Reduce Super Pollutants

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2021

A letter by a coalition of leading international environmental organizations to to top White House officials in the Biden Administration asking them to aggressively address the climate-damaging effects of short-lived climate pollutants (also known as super pollutants) prior to President Biden’s Global Climate Summit, scheduled for Earth Day on April 22, 2021. 

The letter calls for: "Early action to cut emissions of methane, hydrofluorocarbons, black carbon, and tropospheric ozone is the best strategy for reducing the warming coming in the next two to three decades – to slow self-reinforcing feedback loops, to keep from crashing through the 1.5C guardrail, and to avoid catastrophic near-term impacts and tipping points, especially in the Arctic. Cutting carbon dioxide emissions is necessary but not sufficient. A dual strategy is needed, with cuts in the super pollutants to reduce near-term warming while carbon dioxide mitigation reduces warming over a longer time horizon."

It was led by the Clean Air Task Force and signed by: The Center for Human Rights and Environment, Earthjustice, Earthworks, The Climate Group, Environmental Defense Fund, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club.

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