Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) typically stay in the atmosphere for a much shorter time than carbon dioxide. However, their warming effect on the atmosphere can be much greater. The main SLCPs behind current global warming are methane, tropospheric ozone, hydrofluorocarbons and black carbon. Cutting global SLCP emissions will have a number of rapid benefits. These include reduced warming, both globally and in the Arctic. They also include benefits for human health and agriculture, since many SLCPs are also dangerous pollutants.
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From collection: Global linkages – a graphic look at the changing Arctic (rev.1)