Saturday, July 14, 2012

Clean Air

 -- Positive News --

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the Clinton Climate Initiative/C-40, the World Bank, and the Global Methane Initiative are launching a groundbreaking partnership to reduce methane and black carbon pollutants from municipal solid waste. 

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern had some comments on this new project: "This initiative encapsulates perfectly what we're trying to do with the newly launched Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Countries, cities, the World Bank, and civil society partnering together to make real-world, scaled-up reductions of 'short-lived climate pollutants,' which cause some 30% of current warming. With this solid waste initiative, we're making a big dent in the third-largest source of methane worldwide, and, at the same time, improving the health and environment of local communities."

Landfills are the third largest man-made source of methane, a greenhouse gas over 20 times more potent than CO2, and municipal waste production is expected to nearly double worldwide by 2025. Over the coming months, the partnership will work with a group of leading cities, including Lagos and New York, to design city-friendly strategies for rolling out the initiative.

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