Experts explore air quality and climate links

Policy makers urged to take more account of complex interactions between pollution and global warming

Changes in air pollution can influence climate change and vice versa in ways that are not fully recognised in UK and European policy making, a British scientific panel has advised. For example, cutting some kinds of pollution can fuel climate change, while heatwaves can increase pollution, they warn. The government ordered the report to address uncertainties about the impact of pollution controls on climate change. The panel calls for a "holistic approach" to atmospheric processes and asks other scientists to review its findings. See press release, plus executive summary and consultation page.

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