Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in Stockholm on Sunday. Photo: Maja Suslin/Scanpix
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Arctic pollutants focus of environment talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek and Crown Princess Victoria for a brief discussion on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP), launching a global initiative "to close the knowledge gap" about their effects on people and the environment. 

"This issue is of particular importance for Arctic countries, as black carbon has an additional warming effect when deposited on snow and ice," noted the Canadian environment ministry on its web site after Canada joined the USA, Sweden and several other nations to look into SLCPs earlier this year.

"Sweden's a global leader in climate matters," Clinton told assembled press. She said that research shows that 30 procent of global warming can be attributed to these kinds of emissions, which include methane, soot and tropospheric ozone.

International co-operation

Sweden, the USA, Mexico, Canada, Ghana and Bangladesh began a collaboration with the United Nations to look into SLCPs earlier this year, reports the news agency TT.

"They have critical impacts on water cycle, crop yields, air quality and human health," notes the Canadian environment ministry on its web site.

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