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International researchers across the Energy Technologies Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) perform game-changing research on energy use and clean energy strategies through extensive analysis, model and tool development. We deploy our findings across a wide variety of sectors in emerging and developed economies, and link U.S. industry with key global opportunities.


Spotlight: Reducing Non-CO2 Climate Pollutants

 

Pie graph showing global CO2 emissions by gas and sector
Source: U.S. EPA, 2019

Methane and fluorinated gasses, as well as anthropogenic black carbon, are short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) that have relatively short atmospheric lifetimes but trap heat more efficiently than CO2 on a per-unit basis making them potent climate forcers with the potential to significantly warm the atmosphere and ocean. SLCPs have exacerbated other climate change-related impacts – including disrupting seasonal rain patterns, accelerating Arctic melting, and contributing to deadly air pollution. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has recognized that reducing SLCPs is crucial to limit global temperature rise to below 1.5°C.

Read more: international.lbl.gov/reducing-non-co2-climate-pollutants