Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Promoting Pollution Prevention Through Information Exchange
GLRPPR Sector Resource: Air Pollution and the Climate System: Sustainability Now and Later
Choices about energy consumption affect atmospheric chemistry and the climate system. Although climate change is often associated with gases that have long atmospheric lifetimes, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), traditional pollutants like particulate matter and ozone also affect atmospheric chemistry, the Earth's energy balance, and climate. This talk explores the implications of the interaction between air pollutants and the climate system. At this moment, cooling by some particles competes with greenhouse gas warming, so that much of the expected warming is not observed. As we choose actions that reduce climate impact, we need to consider all pollutants, not just greenhouse gases. Ignoring the plethora of combustion-related pollutants may result in poor decisions, if the pollutants that are not greenhouse gases have significant climate impacts. Finally, the short atmospheric lifetimes of some pollutants provide the opportunity to take actions that will benefit both climate and human health in the very near future.
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) holds an annual series of seminars, usually one or two per month, presented by researchers, policy makers, and corporate executives on various topics related to Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment. This series is an opportunity to share scientific research with peers in a relaxed, informal environment. Seminars usually last about an hour and questions are welcome. The seminars will be from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CST in the Stephen J. Warner conference room at the ISTC headquarters. A link to a live video feed will be posted on the Sustainability Seminars page of the ISTC web site approximately 15 minutes before the start of each seminar. Windows Media Player 9 (or newer) as well as a broadband internet connection is required to view the feed. Those watching the webcast live will be able to submit questions via e-mail and have them asked at the end of the presentation. Video and slides from previous seminars are archived on the ISTC web site and are available within a few days of the seminar's completion.
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