Reduction of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) including black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and some hydrofluorocarbons) can yield quick results for climate, health, agriculture, ecosystems and other aspects of sustainable development. Professor Drew Shindell (Professor of Climate Sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University and Chair of the CCAC Scientific Advisory Panel) and Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan (Victor Alderson Distinguished Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences and Director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego) would, at these series of lectures, provide latest knowledge on SLCPs and climate and development objectives and will be interacting with participants on what action is needed.
10.30-12.00: Lecture 1: SLCP emissions reduction: a quick win for climate and development
Scientific evidence shows that to reduce the rate of warming in the near-term, deep cuts in CO2 emissions must be complemented by reductions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). Since SLCPs persist in the atmosphere for a few days to up to 12 years, emissions reduction can yield quick results for climate, and importantly can help avoid many negative human health, agriculture and ecosystems impacts. What is more, straight-forward SLCP reduction measures exist, and can be implemented at low or no-net cost, and using existing technology. This lecture will highlight the basics of SLCPs, available mitigation measures and how quick mitigation action can contribute to achieving climate and development objectives.
13:15-14:45: Lecture 2: The effective pathway to achieving climate and sustainable development goals
To better address the links between the Paris Agreement and the SDGs, countries need to adopt a two-prong approach encompassing setting a goal to immediately mitigate near-term warming through reduction of SLCP emissions and keeping the long-term targets as adopted in the Paris Agreement by mitigating long-lived greenhouse gases including CO2. This can be effective done through countries Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and SDGs implementation plans. This lecture will put forward the scientific case that the only realistic pathway for simultaneously achieving climate and sustainable development goals, so as to minimize the dangerous impacts of climate change on current generation and ensure that the development of future generation is not compromised, is by immediate concurrent actions on SLCPs and CO2.
15:30-17:00: Lecture 3: Black carbon: compelling reasons to act now for climate and development
Black carbon is in a black box when it comes to climate change mitigation: it is not a UNFCCC gas. While the net climate impact of its emissions sources is dependent on the different substances that could be co-emitted with black carbon, it is certain that by taking the right action, countries can reduce the warming effects of black carbon and at the same time address a multitude of health and other development nuisances it causes. This lecture will provide the latest knowledge on sources, impacts, effective mitigation measures of black carbon as well as the climate, health and development benefits associate with action on black carbon.
Lectures will be followed by CICERO-orranised event on the Arctic Council’s Framework for Action on Black Carbon and Methane involving speakers from CICERO, SEI, ICCI, the Arctic Council and Duke University (TBC).
20:00 - onwards: Cocktail reception for participants (outside the Nordic pavilion)