Journal article

Can air pollutant controls change global warming?

Jessica Strefler, Gunnar Luderer, Elmar Kriegler, Malte Meinshausen

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

In this paper we analyze the interaction between climate and air pollution policies using the integrated assessment model REMIND coupled to the reduced-form climate model MAGICC. Since overall, aerosols tend to cool the atmosphere, there is a concern that a reduction of pollutant emissions could accelerate global warming and offset the climate benefits of carbon dioxide emission reductions.We investigate scenarios which independently reduce emissions from either large-scale sources, such as power plants, or small-scale sources, such as cooking and heating stoves. Large-scale sources are likely to be easier to control, but their aerosol emissions are characterized by a relatively high sulfur ..

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