A synergistic ozone-climate control to address emerging ozone pollution challenges

Xiaopu Lyu, Ke Li, Hai Guo*, Lidia Morawska*, Beining Zhou, Yangzong Zeren, Fei Jiang, Changhong Chen, Allen H. Goldstein, Xiaobin Xu, Tao Wang, Xiao Lu, Tong Zhu, Xavier Querol, Satoru Chatani, Mohd Talib Latif, Daniel Schuch, Vinayak Sinha, Prashant Kumar, Benjamin MullinsRodrigo Seguel, Min Shao, Likun Xue, Nan Wang, Jianmin Chen, Jian Gao, Fahe Chai, Isobel Simpson, Baerbel Sinha, Donald R. Blake

*Corresponding author for this work

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Tropospheric ozone threatens human health and crop yields, exacerbates global warming, and fundamentally changes atmospheric chemistry. Evidence has pointed toward widespread ozone increases in the troposphere, and particularly surface ozone is chemically complex and difficult to abate. Despite past successes in some regions, a solution to new challenges of ozone pollution in a warming climate remains unexplored. In this perspective, by compiling surface measurements at ∼4,300 sites worldwide between 2014 and 2019, we show the emerging global challenge of ozone pollution, featuring the unintentional rise in ozone due to the uncoordinated emissions reduction and increasing climate penalty. On the basis of shared emission sources, interactive chemical mechanisms, and synergistic health effects between ozone pollution and climate warming, we propose a synergistic ozone-climate control strategy incorporating joint control of ozone and fine particulate matter. This new solution presents an opportunity to alleviate tropospheric ozone pollution in the forthcoming low-carbon transition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)964-977
Number of pages14
JournalOne Earth
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • atmospheric chemistry
  • climate penalty
  • emerging air pollution
  • health effects
  • low-carbon transition
  • ozone measurement
  • synergistic control
  • tropospheric ozone


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