Articles | Volume 20, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 5527–5546, 2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 5527–5546, 2020

Research article 12 May 2020

Research article | 12 May 2020

Effects of black carbon mitigation on Arctic climate

Thomas Kühn et al.

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We investigate the effects of black carbon (BC) mitigation on Arctic climate and human health, accounting for the concurrent reduction of other aerosol species. While BC is attributed a net warming effect on climate, most other aerosol species cool the planet. We find that the direct radiative effect of mitigating BC induces cooling, while aerosol–cloud effects offset this cooling and introduce large uncertainties. Furthermore, the reduced aerosol emissions reduce human mortality considerably.
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