Most Effective Means to Curb Emissions ID’d
A new study in Science identifies 14 key air pollution control measures that, if implemented, could slow mean global warming by 0.9 degrees F by 2050, as well as increase global crop yields and prevent premature deaths. The control measures target black carbon and methane emissions. They would have a more immediate effect than reducing carbon dioxide emissions because those two compounds are circulated through the atmosphere more quickly, according to Science Daily.
For controlling methane emissions, the scientists propose updating wastewater treatment plants, limiting emissions from manure on farms and city landfills, and aerating rice paddies more. Strategies to reduce black carbon emissions include installing filters in diesel vehicles, more efficient kilns for brick production, banning agriculture burning, and keeping high-emitting vehicles off the road.