U.S. Could Use Arctic Council Chair to Address Black Carbon, Methane
When the United States assumes the chair of the Arctic Council in 2015, it could take the opportunity to support curbs on black carbon and methane emissions and buy “precious time” for the Arctic as global climate controls take effect.
“The Arctic is now ground zero in the struggle against climate change, and failure to protect it adequately could doom other climate mitigation efforts,” the Clean Air Task Force writes. “Of particular importance, in-Arctic and near-Arctic emissions of short-lived climate forcing pollutants, i.e. black carbon and methane, have a disproportionate impact on increasing Arctic temperatures and melting.” (h/t to Environment News Bits for pointing us to this story)