HEI: 95%+ of world’s population live in areas of unhealthy air

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coal, wood, and dung) for cooking and heating. billion people—one in three global citizens—were exposed to household air pollution from the use of solid fuels (for example, coal, wood, charcoal, dung, or other biomass) for cooking and heating.

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New phase of globalization could undermine efforts to reduce CO2 emissions

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In turn, the growth of CO 2 emissions embodied in Chinese exports has slowed or reversed, while the emissions embodied in exports, such as textiles, from less-developed regions like Vietnam and Bangladesh have surged. The success of international climate mitigation efforts may therefore depend on curtailing growth of coal-based energy and emissions in now-industrialising and urbanising countries.

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UN Environment report says national GHG pledges only bring one-third of reductions needed for Paris Agreement

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Given currently available carbon budget estimates, the available global carbon budget for 1.5 ˚C C target is 16 to 19 GtCO 2 e, higher than previous estimates as new studies have become available. Avoiding new coal-fired power plants and accelerated phasing out of existing plants—while ensuring careful handling of issues such as employment, investor interests and grid stability—would help the emissions picture.

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International study identifies 14 key measures to reduce methane and black carbon emissions; reduction in projected global mean warming of ~0.5 °C by 2050

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The model estimated potential worldwide emissions reductions of particulate and gaseous species on the basis of available real-world data on reduction efficiencies of these measures where they have been applied already and examined the impact of full implementation everywhere by 2030.

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Low-lying and other vulnerable countries calling for fast action on non-CO2 global warming pollutants

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Technology is already available to reduce these climate-forcing agents, and doing so would produce strong collateral benefits. Methane is another potent climate warmer that needs to be targeted; capturing emissions from sources such as landfills and coal mines would benefit the climate system and the gas could then be used as a source of energy.