21 November 2016

Climate and Clean Air Coalition


Accounting for around 7 million deaths each year, exposure to air pollution is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases like heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and respiratory infections like childhood pneumonia. More than 50% of premature deaths among children under 5 are due to pneumonia caused by particulate matter (soot) inhaled from household air pollution (WHO). Global action on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) – mainly black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons – by 2030 can prevent an estimated 2.4 million deaths annually from outdoor air pollution, significantly reduce the estimated 4.3 million deaths and other health impacts from indoor air pollution, and avoid 52 million tons of crop losses annually, while slowing down the warming expected by 2050 by 0.6 C, and in sensitive regions of the world reducing the disruption of rainfall patterns, slowing the melting of some glaciers, and reducing the rate of sea-level rise. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), over the next five years, will prioritize its resources to support the development and implementation of policies and practices that will deliver reductions of pollutants such as black carbon and methane that contribute to indoor and outdoor air pollution as well as near-term warming of the global climate.