Tiny Particles with Big Consequences: Black Carbon, Climate, and Air Quality

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April 29, 2010, 12:00 -1:30 PM
106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Summary

In addition to the polluting effects of black carbon and other airborne particles, there is a growing awareness that these short-lived pollutants play a significant role in global climate change. While national attention has focused on long-lived greenhouse gases like CO2, controlling emissions of short-lived atmospheric particles could have major climate change impacts, in addition to reducing pollution and benefitting human health. This briefing will examine these short-lived pollutants, their impacts on climate and human health, and possible implications for federal policy.

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