Fossil fuels are famous for releasing carbon dioxide — but they also produce “short lived climate pollutants” (SLCP) that must be reduced immediately: methane (the main ingredient in natural gas) and “black carbon.”
“Because SLCP impacts are especially strong over the short term, acting now to reduce their emissions can have an immediate beneficial impact on climate change and public health,” according to the California Air Resources Board.
Methane inevitably escapes when natural gas and oil are drilled and natural gas is transported and burned. Black carbon, a component of the fine particulate matter produced by burning fossil fuels and other organic material, warms the earth by absorbing sunlight and heating the atmosphere. It also contributes to illness and premature death.
Join MoveLA, a coalition advocating for “the development of a comprehensive, diverse, robust, clean and financially sound public transportation system for Los Angeles County,” for a “Zoomposium” to discuss:
Are SLCPs our biggest climate risk or our biggest opportunity?
What can we do about them?
Thursday, January 21, 10 AM – 12 PM