Message from the secretariat

The World Health Organization (WHO) reminded us through new reports on air pollution that more than a third of non-communicable diseases can be traced to indoor and outdoor air pollution. This is one of the key reasons why we are working on a pathway approach to demonstrate that actions on near-term climate change produce additional benfits for air quality, development and health.

Renowned scientist, Professor V. Ramanathan, held the 2018 Bolin lecture in Stockholm, Sweden, where he – again – argued that we cannot afford to wait to take on the climate challenge. To avoid catastrophic climate change, he said the world must immediately ‘pull the lever’ on short-lived climate pollutant mitigation, while at the same time moving fast towards a fossil-free future. Without these actions, the global temperature is expected to pass the 1.5°C threshold by 2030. By 2080, it will shoot to a level not seen for 20 million years.

The world has just 15 years to bend this curve, according to Professor Ramanathan. Achieving this will require large-scale changes in consumption and production. Quoting Goethe, he called for urgent action: ‘Knowing is not enough, you must apply. Willing is not enough, you must do.’


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