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Slowing climate change by targeting gases other than carbon dioxide

ScienceDaily (August 4, 2011)

Slowing climate change by targeting gases other than carbon dioxide

ScienceDaily (August 4, 2011)

Carbon dioxide remains the undisputed king of recent climate change, but other greenhouse gases measurably contribute to the problem. A new study shows that cutting emissions of those other gases could slow changes in climate that are expected in the future.

The direct radiative forcing (warming effect) of greenhouse gases under various scenarios. a) Red : constant 2008 emissions of both CO2 and non-CO2 greenhouse gases. b) An 80% cut in non-CO2 emissions. c) An 80% cut in CO2 emissions. d) An 80% cut in all greenhouse gas emissions. In all scenarios, emissions cuts are phased in between 2009 and 2050.

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