Small efforts to reduce methane, soot could have big effect

Small efforts to reduce methane, soot could have big effect

Simple measures could slow global warming, reduce premature deaths

By Devin Powell, 15:30 PM January 12, 2012

Carbon dioxide may be public enemy number one in the fight against global warming. But taking aim at methane and soot has a better chance of keeping the planet cooler in the short run, a new study finds.

Cutting the amounts of these two pollutants that are poured into the sky would diminish warming by half a degree Celsius by 2050, researchers report in the Jan. 13 Science. That could buy a little time for the world — slowing sea level rise, glacial melting and other problems caused by ris...

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