Slowing warming by focussing on non-CO2 gases

New study: Slowing climate change by targeting gases other than carbon dioxide
[Via NOAA News Releases]

Carbon dioxide remains the undisputed king of recent climate change, but other greenhouse gases measurably contribute to the problem. A new study, conducted by NOAA scientists and published online today in Nature, shows that cutting emissions of those other gases could slow changes in climate that are expected in the future.


Anthropogenic carbon dioxide is responsible for about 2/3rds of the warming we are seeing. Methane and other greenhouse gases are responsible for the other 1/3rd.

These gases are all more potent greenhouse gases than CO2 but reside in the atmosphere for shorter periods of time.

By reducing these gases by 80% we can hold off or slow down much of the temperature rise for 40-60 years.

This may be an easier thing to handle than totally going after CO2.