Black Carbon (Soot) Monitoring News

  • Climate models may be overestimating the cooling effect of wildfire aerosols

    Original story at MIT News Whether intentionally set to consume agricultural waste or naturally ignited in forests or peatlands, open-burning fires impact the global climate system in two ways which, to some extent, cancel each other out. On one hand, they generate a significant fraction of ...

  • Commitments Made to Reduce Black Carbon, Methane and Hydrofluorocarbons

    Governments and industry leaders in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) today committed to further essential advances in reducing short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) that have a global warming potential many times that of the main greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. The SLCP Focus Day brought together some 30 Ministers and CEOs highlighting the importance and urgency of acting on ...

  • More warming will bring a more polluted future

    The future is slightly obscured. The outlook is less than clear. For once, such phrases are not metaphorical. A world of global warming could mean a growing haze of solid and liquid aerosols – tiny specks of salt, fine dust, sulphates, black carbon and other particles in the atmosphere, according to new research. Robert Allen, an earth scientist at the University of California, Riverside ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Four Ways to Reduce Health Risks from Climate Pollutants

    The World Health Organisation and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants have produced a report outlining the urgent need to reduce emissions of black carbon, ozone, methane and carbon dioxide, which all contribute to climate change. Frequently described as ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • Reducing Black Carbon Can Save Lives and Help Combat Climate Change

    Black carbon causes millions of deaths every year and contributes to the warming of the planet. In the atmosphere it appears as air pollution, with emissions arising mainly from the combustion of diesel fuel and biofuels, coal-fired power stations, biomass cook stoves, brick kilns and vegetation burning in open fields. The importance of reducing emissions of black carbon and other ...

  • ArcelorMittal sued over soot from Pennsylvania coke plant

    An environmental activist group sued ArcelorMittal USA on Thursday for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by showering nearby residents with soot and other pollutants from a western Pennsylvania coke plant more than 200 times since it reopened in April 2014. PennEnvironment sent a 60-day notice letter to the Chicago-based steelmaker in August. The advance notice is required under federal law, ...


    By Associated Press

  • Can rain clean the atmosphere?

    Original story at MIT News As a raindrop falls through the atmosphere, it can attract tens to hundreds of tiny aerosol particles to its surface before hitting the ground. The process by which droplets and aerosols attract is coagulation, a natural phenomenon that can act to clear the air of pollutants like soot, sulfates, ...

  • New Report Outlines Strategies to Increase Funding for Black Carbon Reduction

    Reducing black carbon emissions could prevent millions of premature deaths annually and play an important role in the global fight against climate change. Yet despite these benefits, an array of black carbon abatement measures that are technically within reach have not yet been financed and deployed to their full potential. A report released today by the Climate and ...

  • The environmental side benefits to climate change mitigation

    Effective greenhouse gas mitigation measures to stabilize global temperature change would also have important environmental benefits such as reduced air pollutant emissions, a recent research predicts. The research study investigated the potential for air pollutants to be reduced as a result of taking action to keep the global temperature rise below the 2°C target. A variety of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Two for the price of one: climate change mitigation measures also reduce air pollution

    Effective greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation measures to stabilise global temperature change to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures would also substantially reduce air pollutant emissions, recent research predicts. A variety of mitigation options are available, including switching from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy. To achieve the necessary GHG emission reductions, ...

  • IMO progress on black carbon in Arctic ‘welcome but long overdue’

    The decision at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to recommend to its environment committee a definition of black carbon arrived at by scientific consensus, after four years of debate, has been welcomed by environmental NGO Transport & Environment. Lack of agreement at sub-committee level had been holding up technical work to calibrate and test black carbon measurement methods ...

  • EC Scientific Committee Clarifies Meaning of `Sprayable Applications/Products` for Certain Nanomaterials

    On September 30, 2014, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) posted a clarification on the meaning of the term “sprayable applications/products” for certain nanomaterials. According to the clarification, the EC Member States ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Satellite to Zoom In on Crucial Carbon Questions

    The US space agency NASA is about to send up a satellite that will provide vital data for predicting future effects of CO2 by taking the measure of the planetary carbon budget. OCO-2, more formally known as Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, is planned for launch on July 1 and will circle the globe, taking ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Yale Awarded $1.5 Million EPA Grant for Research on Cleaner Emissions from Cookstoves

    Yale University is one of only six recipients of EPA grant funding intended to advance research into cleaner technologies and fuels for cooking, lighting and heating homes. Yale will collaborate with researchers from the Universities of Minnesota, Georgia, and British Colombia, as well as North Carolina State and two Indian non-governmental organizations. The group will receive nearly $1.5 ...

  • U.S. EPA awards U.C. Berkeley $1.5 million to evaluate air pollution in developing nations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it is awarding the University of California, Berkeley, a $1.5 million grant for work to assess the impact of pollution from household and village-scale stoves on air quality in developing countries. The grant is part of $9 million awarded nationally to six universities to research cleaner technologies and fuels for cooking, lighting, and ...

  • Appeals Court Upholds Stronger Soot Standard

    A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an industry challenge to stronger health standards for soot. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says the Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency substantial discretion in setting air quality standards. The revisions followed a determination by the EPA that existing standards for fine particulate matter ...


    By Associated Press

  • City Data: Open is the New Black

    While many may have heard the statistic “Cities are home to 50% of the world’s population”, few realize that it leads directly to a sobering and much less hyped conclusion:  we face an urgent need to understand how our cities work.    Cities are now the defining human organizational structure on earth, but what do we know about these creations?  Sadly, not ...


    By The World Bank

  • Scientist behind pioneering black carbon research receives UN ‘Champion of the Earth’ Award

    An atmospheric scientist whose landmark research showed that cutting emissions of 'black carbon' or soot can significantly lessen the impacts of climate change, improve the health of millions of rural poor, and avoid crop losses, is to receive a 2013 Champions of the Earth award; the UN 's highest environmental accolade. Veerabhadran Ramanathan - Distinguished Professor of Climate and Atmospheric ...

  • Climate research targets Western wildfire smoke

    Researchers are flying over Western wildfires to sample the thick smoke they emit and study its role in cloud formation and climate. The data-gathering campaign is intended to help scientists flesh out one of the least understood areas of climate: the role of aerosols, or particles given off by wildfires, and how they evolve over time. Biomass burning, such as forest fires and agricultural fires ...


    By Associated Press

  • Global and China Silica - White Carbon Black Industry Depth Report

    Researchmoz presents this most up-to-date research on"Global and China Silica (White Carbon Black) Industry Report, 2013".The report focuses primarily on quantitative marketmetrics in order to characterize the growth and evolution of the Remote Patient Monitoring Market. Silica (white ...


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