We can slow global warming and sea-level rise by reducing super climate pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs. We use these as coolants in fridges and air conditioners.
We can use the world’s most successful environmental treaty, the Montreal Protocol, to reduce HFCs. This treaty has already led to the elimination of 98% of other harmful chemicals, such as CFCs, which has helped reduce the hold in the ozone layer.
We already have climate-friendly coolants that can make appliances more efficient and cheaper to run.
Cutting HFCs will avoid half a degree of global warming by the end of the century. This would be a big contribution to the historic 2015 Paris Agreement.
Find out more about reducing HFCs and why it matters with this video which is narrated by Durwood Zaelke of the Institute of Governance and Sustainable Development.
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