Dramatic cuts to air pollution in Europe and Asia could cause a short-term spike in temperatures and rainfall, but doing nothing would be worse in the long run, scientists say.

Read Laura Wilcox’s article, ‘Projected near-term changes of temperature extremes in Europe and China under different aerosol emissions‘ in Environmental Research Letters.

Dr Laura Wilcox, co-author at the University of Reading, said: “The immediate health benefits of reducing air pollution are clear, but tackling air pollution can initially accelerate climate change.