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  • Carbon Black Exposure May Put Workers at Risk

    Carbon black is the general term used to describe a powdery commercial form of carbon.  It is used by industry to strengthen and color rubber and is also used to color inks, coatings, plastics and leather, and to insulate electrical equipment.  Carbon black from vegetable origins is even used as a food coloring agent.    Some employees are exposed to carbon black on a regular ...

  • Health and climate benefits by control of methane and black carbon

    Measures to control methane and black carbon (soot) emissions could improve air quality and public health, in addition to slowing the rate of climate change, according to recent research. By 2030, the reduced pollution could prevent between 700,000 and 4.7 million premature deaths each year, with 80% of the benefits occurring in Asia. Previous studies have linked the formation of ozone at ground ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns over Carbon Black

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns over exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • ABIH Reminds Industry and Workers about Potential Carbon Black Hazards

    Earlier this month, an explosion at an ink factory injured seven workers.  All seven were taken to a nearby hospital and three were later treated at a special medical center for first and second-degree burns. The event happened at a New Jersey plant that produces black newspaper ink that is made from carbon black and other materials.    The accident is reported to have taken ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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 ...

  • ASTM D3349 - 12 Standard Test Method for Absorption Coefficient of Ethylene Polymer Material Pigmented with Carbon Black

    The absorption coefficient of polyolefin polymer pigmented with carbon black is useful to judge the degree and uniformity of dispersion of the pigment, and the adequacy of the quantitative level of pigment addition. These factors are used to predict the performance of the polymer material in response to prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light as evidenced by minimal changes in specific ...


    By ASTM International

  • 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 ...

  • Exposure to soot particles may increase premature death rates

    An extended epidemiological analysis was recently released by the nonprofit Health Effects Institute. The analysis was conducted by scientists at the University of Ottawa for the institute which was created by the Environmental Protection Agency and the industries it regulates to create unbiased studies.The scientists reviewed existing studies with links between soot particles and premature ...


  • Personal exposure monitoring device predicts breathing rates, contributes to more meaningful environmental dose estimates

    A new technology developed by a research team led by RTI International will help scientists better understand the relationship between environmental contaminants in the air and potential adverse health effects. The new approach uses personal exposure monitors with built-in acceleration sensors to determine individual activity levels while predicting how fast adults, and potentially children, ...

  • Carbon Monoxide Hazards Identified by Innovative IAQ Test Kit

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-irritating, but potentially lethal gas produced during the combustion of liquid, solid, and gaseous fuels. CO may be produced from any furnace fired by fuel, wood stoves, kerosene heaters, gas stoves, and fireplaces. Other common sources include exhaust from motor vehicles, and emissions from charcoal grills and fuel-powered yard ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • UN agency urges measures to slash non-carbon dioxide greenhouse gas pollutants

    The head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has pushed for moves to cut emissions of a range of greenhouse gases and pollutants along with carbon dioxide to more effectively combat climate change, improve human health and reduce damage to crops. Scientists estimate that non-CO2 pollutants, such as black carbon, methane, low-lying ozone and nitrogen compounds, make up some 50 per ...


    By United Nations

  • 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project S&P 500 Findings: Majority of US Companies Taking Climate Change Action, Despite Absence of Mandatory Rules

    The 2011 S&P 500 report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has found that while national and global policy remains uncertain, most large US companies recognize the opportunity to gain strategic advantage from acting to address climate change. For the first time since its inception, CDP has found that a majority of the S&P 500 disclosing companies now integrate climate change into ...


    By Carbon Disclosure Project

  • Air Monitors sponsors air quality PhD

    The instrumentation company Air Monitors has announced that it is sponsoring a new PhD project at King's College London to study ambient levels of Black Carbon. Applications for this important post must be posted online to the KCL Health School by Friday 2nd December. Air Monitors' MD Jim Mills said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to become involved in one of today's most important air quality ...


    By Air Monitors Ltd.

  • The California wildfire ‘season’ is rapidly approaching

    As the California drought continues to drag on, it has become increasingly apparent that the condition has worsened over the last several years. Not only is the general public dealing with one of the worst droughts, but the last several dry winters will only make matters worse as more ‘fuel’ for the fires becomes available. It has long been known that the wildfire season in the western U.S. is ...


  • Air pollution can hinder heart’s electrical functioning

    Microscopic particles in polluted air can adversely affect the heart’s ability to conduct electrical signals in people with serious coronary artery disease, researchers reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. In a recent study of 48 Boston-area patients, all of whom had coronary artery disease, 24-hour Holter monitors were used to examine electrocardiograms for the ...


  • Cyclists map Antwerp air pollution with on-bike monitors

    Cyclists with pollution monitors and GPS trackers attached to their bicycles have produced detailed maps of Antwerp’s air quality, as part of a recent study. Their data show that a gap of just a few metres between cycle lanes and cars significantly reduces cyclists’ risk of inhaling high levels of ultrafine particle pollution. Personal ‘mobile monitoring’ is attracting ...

  • 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 ...

  • Climate Action Brings Big Benefits to Human Health

    Fast action to cut common pollutants like soot - also known as black carbon - and methane will not only slow global warming, but save millions of lives. Reductions of these so-called short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) would slow rapid melting in the Arctic and in mountain regions with glaciers, like the Himalayas. It would also bring multiple health, crop and ecosystem benefits, and decrease ...

  • Global health impact of PM2.5 air pollution assessed

    PM2.5 air pollution can have a significant impact on human health, not only for local populations, but also in regions far from its source of emission, shows a new study. The study calculates ‘damage factors’ to human health of PM2.5 and in different parts of the world. PM2.5, made up of any particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, is emitted from various sources, ...

  • Tightening vehicle and fuels standards to benefit global health and climate

    Simply extending the vehicle emissions and fuel-quality standards already in force in the largest vehicle markets throughout the rest of the world could reduce the number of premature deaths caused annually by fine particle emissions by 75 percent in 2030, according to a report released today by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Moreover, The Impact of Stringent Fuel and ...

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