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Nordic workshop on action related to Short-lived Climate Forcers

Organised by the Nordic Council of Ministers Climate and Air Quality Group

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Nordic Ministers of Environment adopted in March 2012 the “Svalbard Declaration” with decisions to reduce the negative impacts of the climate changes and air pollution caused by the emission of the so-called Short-lived Climate Forcers (SLCFs) such as black carbon (soot) and methane. Along with CO2, they are the main reasons why the ice in the Arctic now is melting rapidly.  At a workshop organised by the Nordic Group on Climate and Air Quality in June 2012 researchers and policy-makers discussed the recent scientific findings, the national experiences with emission inventories, identification of cost-effective measures to cut emissions and the drawing up of national action plans as well as the development in the field of international co-operation on SLCFs. The report presents policy recommendations, conclusions and recommendations on scientific research and monitoring.

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Conclusions and recommendations on scientific research and monitoring

Scientific research and monitoring are of crucial importance for our understanding of the role of Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) as both air pollutants and drivers of climate change. Even if there is a general consensus on sources and effects, the necessary understanding for setting priorities and developing cost-effective control approaches is still in its infancy. For some areas, e.g. the regional climate effect of SLCPs and the health effects of black carbon, the policy-relevant knowledge is at the cutting edge of today’s research. Similarly, greater understanding is needed of the direct and indirect effects of aerosols’ contribution to negative radiative forcing. The same can also be said with respect to monitoring, even if the recent establishment of advanced monitoring programmes directed at, e.g. atmospheric aerosols and emissions of SLCPs and their precursors, offers substantial improvements.

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