Air Quality and Climate Change: Science and Policy Challenges

Sunday, 16 February 2014: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Grand Ballroom C North (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Significant recent attention has been given to the air pollution and climate change interface. Specifically, there is a growing body of scientific understanding accompanied by a political realization that many of the pollutants currently under the air quality umbrella could be targeted for quick action to achieve near-term climate goals. There are, however, a number of complexities in addressing air quality and climate change in an integrated way, in addition to the difficulty of comparing long-lived greenhouse gases with short-lived pollutants. Thorough scientific evaluation of trade-offs and co-benefits of such policies and the economic and political implications of such integration at the various levels of governance are needed prior to large-scale action. The recent establishment of the high-profile Climate and Clean Air Coalition has sought to bring this discussion out of the academic sphere and into the political arena. However, if too much emphasis is put on quick wins for climate, air quality could be neglected, or actions detrimental to air quality could be taken. This symposium will present an overview of the current state-of-the-science with respect to climate forcing air pollutants. Policy perspectives will discuss some of the challenges, as well as some of the benefits and possible pitfalls of such an integrated approach at the national and international level.
Erika von Schneidemesser, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
Julia Schmale, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
Megan L. Melamed, University of Colorado
Paul S. Monks, University of Leicester
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Eric Zusman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
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