Black Carbon (Soot) Monitoring News

  • 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

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Black Carbon Emissions Cut 90% in California

    In a first-of-its kind study examining the impact black carbon has on climate in California, researchers found the state's efforts to reduce air pollution, particularly from diesel engines, has cut black carbon concentrations by 90% since 1966. This has happened without any noticeable disruption to the lives of the citizens of California, but with tremendous benefits to their health, as well as ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • First Solar Sets CdTe Module Efficiency World Record, Launches Series 3 Black Module

    First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced it set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) module conversion efficiency, achieving a record 16.1 percent total area module efficiency in tests confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The new record is a substantial increase over the prior record of 14.4 percent ...


    By First Solar, Inc.

  • Californians Look to LA Testing to Identify “Ghosting” Phenomenon Caused by Soot

    In recent years, companies such as LA Testing have witnessed an increasing number of complaints relating to the sudden and unexpected appearance of soot-like material observed in homes and commercial buildings. These stains may form on carpets, walls, plastic objects and other materials, and are commonly noted around ventilation grilles and electrical outlets.  Often times, the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Tourist cruise ships increase atmospheric pollution in the Arctic

    Levels of air pollution significantly increase on the island of Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic when tourist cruise ships are present, according to a recent study. With shipping levels rising in the region, the researchers recommend that stricter emissions regulations are introduced in order to limit the impact of pollution on the Arctic environment. Ship traffic is a major source of ...

  • Reducing Black Carbon Key to Protecting Arctic

    Sea ice loss and permafrost melt are self-amplifying feedbacks causing further warming. Arctic Ministers urge 'urgent action' to avoid irreversible global impacts    Arctic Environment Ministers are calling for "urgent action" to reduce black carbon, methane, and HFCs in order to help protect the Arctic and reduce the risk of setting off self-amplifying feedback mechanisms that ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Keeping the Great White North White

    Should permafrost thawing accelerate as expected, resulting carbon dioxide and methane emissions will significantly amplify global warming, according to a report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) titled Policy Implications of Warming ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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