Expert reaction to modelling study looking at climate warming, ozone precursor emissions, and ozone pollution, as published in Nature Communications*

Posted by ap507 at Jul 27, 2017 09:30 AM |
Professor Paul Monks provides expert comment to the Science Media Centre in response to new paper

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* ‘A 3 °C global RCP8.5 emission trajectory cancels benefits of European emission reductions on air quality’ by A. Fortems-Cheiney et al. was published in Nature Communications at 16:00 UK time on Tuesday 25 July 2017.

Professor Paul Monks (pictured), Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation, University of Leicester, commented on the paper, saying: "The work deals with the so-called ‘climate penalty’ – the idea that future climate conditions will make it harder to achieve air quality goals.  The paper shows that there could be significant increases of ground-level ozone, an air pollutant, across Europe in climate change scenarios.  The paper squarely makes the challenge around joined up climate-change and air quality policy, recognising that that both affect each other.  In particular in this case, the role of methane is associated with climate change but is also a precursor for the air pollutant ozone."

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