A report on Nordic climate impact was published today. The report, which will be discussed at the meeting of Nordic environment ministers in Sweden on the 7th of February focuses on the Arctic climate and short-lived climate forcers. It is part of the follow up work on the call by the Nordic environment ministers for greater international efforts to combat climate change.
Short-lived climate forcers (SLCF) such as soot and methane have a greater impact on the climate than previously thought, and the Arctic climate is particularly vulnerable to them. Since conditions in the Arctic influence the global climate, a great deal of benefit would be derived from reducing SLCF emissions.
The new report maps Nordic emissions and recommends a range of national, Nordic and international initiatives. It serves as a follow up to the Nordic environment ministers' Svalbard Statement on Short-lived Climate Forcers from 2012, which stressed the need for greater international efforts to cut emissions of SLCFs.
"Initiatives are needed that address these emissions in the form of international environmental agreements. But it takes time for agreements to make sufficient impact, so there is an urgent need for independent initiatives that will rapidly cut emissions of short-lived climate forcers such as soot. Initiatives are needed in both developed and developing countries," the environment ministers said when they launched the Svalbard Declaration.
The agenda for the next meeting of the environment ministers, in Jukkasjärvi in northern Sweden on the 7th of February, includes the new EU Environment Action Programme and the follow-up to the Rio +20 Summit last summer – in particular efforts to set new sustainability goals and new ways of measuring GDP.
The meeting comes right after a meeting of environment ministers at the Arctic Council in Jukkasjärvi on 5-6 of February.
See the fulll report