The Climate Threat We Can Beat

What It Is and How to Deal With It

Authors: David G. Victor, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Science and Technology, Charles F. Kennel, and Veerabhadran Ramanathan
May/June 2012
Foreign Affairs

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For too long, climate diplomacy has focused on carbon dioxide. But at least 40 percent of global warming can be blamed on shorter-lived pollutants, which also cause disease and damage crops in developing states. Reining in pollution would thus accomplish two goals, while finally getting countries such as China and India into the climate-change business.

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