Targeted Emissions cuts before general carbon focused cuts

The Economist (February 17,2011) suggests that piecemeal focused emissions reductions of specific gases may generate fast results while building a more general consensus. For example,the article cites HFC-134a as a gas 1,000 times more warming than carbon dioxide. Similarly, carbon black or soot, from cooking fires or kilns seems like a tangible target. Note also that some of these pollutants are in developing countries that can do their part. The question then is – should a targeted approach that can leverage impact quickly, albeit not comprehensively, be used to impact carbon footprint reduction of global supply chains ? Will the immediate impact across all economies permit opportunities to replace polluting stoves and thus improve health outcomes and the carbon footprint ? If so, who should pay for the new equipment ?

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