Climate and Energy

The more quickly we reduce all of the pollutants driving climate change—carbon dioxide and climate “super pollutants” like black carbon, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons—the more likely it is we’ll have the safe, stable climate our communities need to stay healthy and vibrant.

Bolstering critical carbon dioxide cuts with reductions of black carbon, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons is a critical step toward achieving a safe, stable climate. Cutting these climate pollutants will also deliver improved air quality, better public health, including in vulnerable communities, and greater food security.

How We Do It

Readily available solutions exist to quickly reduce climate super pollutants today. Our strategies include supporting:

Phasing Down Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

We support global efforts to cut emissions of HFCsLooking for more information? You can dive deeper with these resources:

Well Under 2 Degrees Celsius, a report on reducing short-lived climate pollutants

Fumes Across the Fence Line, the health impacts of oil and gas pollution

An index of science publications on methane, black carbon, HFCs, and other climate pollutants

Want to go further? These organizations offer a wide range of information on SLCPs:

Clean Air Task Force

Climate & Clean Air Coalition

Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

International Council on Clean Transportation
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, one of the fastest growing climate pollutants. Governments, civil society, and industry worldwide are partnering to curb the use of this potent pollutant effectively, quickly, and in ways that promote energy efficiency.

Cutting Black Carbon

Diesel trucks are a primary emitter of black carbonLooking for more information? You can dive deeper with these resources:

Well Under 2 Degrees Celsius, a report on reducing short-lived climate pollutants

Fumes Across the Fence Line, the health impacts of oil and gas pollution

An index of science publications on methane, black carbon, HFCs, and other climate pollutants

Want to go further? These organizations offer a wide range of information on SLCPs:

Clean Air Task Force

Climate & Clean Air Coalition

Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

International Council on Clean Transportation
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. By cleaning up fuel and putting filters on trucks and buses, we can reduce black carbon and other air pollutants, cooling the planet and helping save millions of lives. That is why we support cleaner vehicle emissions standards. We also support research and the development of solutions to curb black carbon in the marine shipping sector, another critical source of this pollutant.

Curbing Methane Emissions

Pound for pound, over several decades methane is nearly 100 times more potent in warming the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. It also contributes to smog, creating health problems globally. We fund efforts to reduce methane emissions in the oil, gas, waste, and wastewater sectors by improving industry practices, policy, and regulations with solutions that exist nowLooking for more information? You can dive deeper with these resources:

Well Under 2 Degrees Celsius, a report on reducing short-lived climate pollutants

Fumes Across the Fence Line, the health impacts of oil and gas pollution

An index of science publications on methane, black carbon, HFCs, and other climate pollutants

Want to go further? These organizations offer a wide range of information on SLCPs:

Clean Air Task Force

Climate & Clean Air Coalition

Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

International Council on Clean Transportation
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Raising Awareness About Climate Super Pollutants

We support research, collaboration, and outreach that increases awareness of the accelerated effect that reducing emission of short-lived climate pollutants can have on cooling our climate and improving public health. We seek to broaden the number and type of organizations working to reduce black carbon, methane, HFCs, and other climate pollutants.

Looking for more information? You can dive deeper with these resources:

Well Under 2 Degrees Celsius, a report on reducing short-lived climate pollutants

Fumes Across the Fence Line, the health impacts of oil and gas pollution

An index of science publications on methane, black carbon, HFCs, and other climate pollutants

Want to go further? These organizations offer a wide range of information on SLCPs:

Clean Air Task Force

Climate & Clean Air Coalition

Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

International Council on Clean Transportation

Rapidly reducing climate super pollutants will cool our planet, strengthen communities and economies, and improve our well-being.

Moving Forward Network

The Moving Forward Network (MFN) is a national coalition of community-based organizations, advocates, scientists, researchers, faith-based organizations, and others committed to reducing the public health harms our country’s freight transportation system creates.

With support from the Pisces Foundation, MFN is working to accelerate transportation electrification in the U.S. to create models of community-led projects that deliver health and economic gains near ports. MFN’s theory of change is rooted in an organizing approach and belief that those bearing the brunt of the negative impacts of ports and freight transportation should lead the way in shaping the conditions that affect their lives, health, and communities.

In this #ZeroEmissionsNow video by MFN, people from California to New Jersey describe the health impacts of diesel emissions on their communities. They have joined the Zero Now Campaign, a movement advocating for clean air, protection from global climate change, and environmental justice by reducing air pollution and promoting zero-emissions technologies at every port, rail yard, distribution center, and busy truck corridor across the country.

Indigenous Environmental Network

The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) works to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, respecting, and adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law.

With support from the Pisces Foundation, IEN builds power among Native communities to engage in climate justice and water equity movement-building efforts. To build power and achieve their goals, IEN amplifies Native voices through communications support, organizes advocacy campaigns to initiate direct action, builds coalitions to impact policy at all levels, and provides financial support and technical assistance for rapid response efforts – including COVID relief and recovery.

IEN has been a key supporter of the movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline – one of the most high-profile Indigenous water and climate justice issues of our time. In this video, IEN joins the 93-mile relay run led by member group Standing Rock Youth Council.