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Clean air policies are key for successfully mitigating Arctic warming

1 CCCma - Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis
2 Milken Institute School of Public Health
3 JRC - European Commission - Joint Research Centre [Ispra]
4 IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis [Laxenburg]
5 CLaSP - Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
6 UQAM - Université du Québec à Montréal = University of Québec in Montréal
7 BSC-CNS - Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion
8 ICAS - Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science [Leeds]
9 Air Quality Research Division [Toronto]
10 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering [Knoxville]
11 ENVS - Department of Environmental Science [Roskilde]
12 iCLIMATE Aarhus University Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change
13 NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research
14 MISU - Department of Meteorology [Stockholm]
15 Bolin Centre for Climate Research
16 CCSR - Center for Climate Systems Research [New York]
17 GISS - NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
18 MET - Norwegian Meteorological Institute [Oslo]
19 CICERO - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research [Oslo]
20 YM - Ministry of the Environment Finland
21 Department of Applied Physics [Kuopio]
22 Atmospheric Research Centre of Eastern Finland
23 SMHI - Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
25 MRI - Meteorological Research Institute [Tsukuba]
26 SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute
27 DESS - Department of Earth System Science [Beijing]
29 NIPH - Norwegian Institute of Public Health [Oslo]
30 EERL - Extreme Environments Research Laboratory
31 MOHC - Met Office Hadley Centre
Kathy S. Law
Louis Marelle
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Tatsuo Onishi
Jean-Christophe Raut


A tighter integration of modeling frameworks for climate and air quality is urgently needed to assess the impacts of clean air policies on future Arctic and global climate. We combined a new model emulator and comprehensive emissions scenarios for air pollutants and greenhouse gases to assess climate and human health co-benefits of emissions reductions. Fossil fuel use is projected to rapidly decline in an increasingly sustainable world, resulting in far-reaching air quality benefits. Despite human health benefits, reductions in sulfur emissions in a more sustainable world could enhance Arctic warming by 0.8 °C in 2050 relative to the 1995-2014, thereby offsetting climate benefits of greenhouse gas reductions. Targeted and technically feasible emissions reduction opportunities exist for achieving simultaneous climate and human health co-benefits. It would be particularly beneficial to unlock a newly identified mitigation potential for carbon particulate matter, yielding Arctic climate benefits equivalent to those from carbon dioxide reductions by 2050.
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Knut von Salzen, Cynthia H. Whaley, Susan C. Anenberg, Rita van Dingenen, Zbigniew Klimont, et al.. Clean air policies are key for successfully mitigating Arctic warming. Communications Earth & Environment, 2022, 3, pp.222. ⟨10.1038/s43247-022-00555-x⟩. ⟨insu-03825049⟩
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