Climate Impacts From a Removal of Anthropogenic Aerosol Emissions

Limiting global warming to 1.5 or 2.0°C requires strong mitigation of anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Concurrently, emissions of anthropogenic aerosols will decline, due to coemission with GHG, and measures to improve air quality. However, the combined climate effect of GHG and aerosol emissions over the industrial era is poorly constrained. This study shows the climate impacts from removing present-day anthropogenic aerosol emissions and compares them to the impacts from moderate GHG-dominated global warming.

Date Published
2018, January

Samset BH, Sand M, Smith CJ, Bauer SE, Forster PM, Fuglestvedt, J. S., Osprey, S., Schleussner, C.-F

Geophysical Research Letters
45(2):1020–29, DOI: 10.1002/2017GL076079