Global warming might be a political hot potato that no D.C. insider—and that means you, President Obama—wants to be within a country mile of right now. But that doesn’t mean scientists haven’t been outlining a gameplan that could be deployed today should the Washington cranks ever get their green act in gear.
Case in point? Dr. Drew Shindell, of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies and Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
Published in Science, his recent study coalesces the effectiveness of a number of actions that could slow global warming by mid-century. Says Shindell:
We have identified practical steps we can take with existing technologies. Protecting public health and food supplies may take precedence over avoiding climate change in most countries, but knowing that these measures also mitigate climate change may help motivate policies to put them into practice.
If all 12 steps were taken, about two-thirds of currently projected additional warming that is expected to occur by mid-century would be eliminated. And that’s not all. Up to 4.3 million annual premature deaths from outdoor air pollution could be prevented.
Check out the 12 steps, and a description of each provided by NASA.
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