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              • Air pollution and Chemical Coolants

                July 17, 2014
                by laura.b

                Visible and costly effects of climate change - source: aje.it (copyright radici-del-mare.blogspot.com)

                A new publication by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California (San Diego) state Sea-level rise-a growing threat that washes away beaches, attacks costal development, and raises the platform for launching ever more damaging and deadly storm surges-can be cut significantly by reducing local air pollution from black carbon, methane, and tropospheric ozone, along with factory-made coolants called HFCs.

                The study by prof. Veerabhadran Ramanathan calculated that the annual rate of sea-level rise could be reduced up to 24% by 2100 by controlling these four climate pollutants, and that cumulative sea-level rise could be reduced by 22%. He state“It is still not too late to avoid disastrous climate changes, If we stabilize CO2 concentrations below 450 ppm by 2100 and simultaneously reduce SLCPs, we can limit the end-of-century warming by 50% and keep below the 2°C (3.6°F)”.

                Based upon data from the U.S. Geological Survey and NOAA, without engineering protection, five feet of sea-level rise could permanently flood 94% of Miami beach, 88% of New Orleans, 7% of New York City, 63% of Atlantic City, 20% of Jersey City, 68% of Galveston TX, 6% of San Francisco, and 4% of Seattle.

                As stated in a previous report by the World Bank (WB) warns about climate change related coastal wetlands risks.

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