Seasonal Air and Climate Pollution — But with Year-round Impact: Open Burning and Domestic Heating
Open Burning and Domestic Heating are sources of PM and black carbon. Because they only occur during a few short months, or even just once annually (open burning), they have not been previously considered major targets for public health or climate benefits. However, recent fire events and related health emergencies from open burning have demonstrated both acute and long-term impacts; and ongoing work on wood and coal heating stoves by many cities have shown their importance as a source of both PM and black carbon impacting human health, as well local glaciers and water resources. This event will highlight the risks to health and climate from these seasonal pollution sources, and outline paths available to address them. The event will include participation from officials of the CCAC, WHO, UNECE, WMO and UN-Environment, as well as experts in these two highlighted sectors; followed by a Ministerial Roundtable with Health Ministers, moderated by WHO Director Dr. Maria Neira.