Study: 14 Practical Steps Can Slow Climate Change

Try ditching wood cook stoves in developing world
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2012 5:24 PM CST

(Newser) – Just because the world can't agree on a battle plan against carbon dioxide doesn't mean we can't take big strides against climate change, scientists say. In fact, a dozen or so relatively simple steps could cut global warming by nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit by mid-century, a process that could save countless lives and increase crop production, a study in Science asserts. That's because carbon dioxide isn't the only problem: Methane and soot are big contributors to climate change, too, the Washington Post reports.

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An international group of 24 researchers found that 14 practical steps would yield big results, including replacing stoves in developing countries that burn wood or dung with cleaner-burning models. Other examples: Farmers in developing countries could end the practice of burning agricultural waste, and landfills could be rigged to prevent escaping methane. "Even if you don’t believe climate change is a problem, these things are worth doing," says a NASA scientist. Trouble is, politicians are in no rush to do so, experts say—and some of the changes may be too expensive for developing countries. (Read more climate change stories.)

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