The Hot Zone

A case for curbing near-term pollutants that worsen climate change

Carbon dioxide is usually the greenhouse gas of choice in climate discussions, mainly because it’s long lasting, so the impacts of higher levels unfold over decades, if not centuries. But a new policy paper by the UNEP and World Meteorological Association shines light on the lesser discussed, more immediately potent molecules in the atmosphere: black carbon, and ground-level ozone. The paper states that if reduction measures were introduced on these other molecules (by 2030), future global... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on February 22, 2011 No Comments »
Category : Climate Science and Scientists, The man made climate

Sooty skies

If the world could make one major change that would stave off climate change, what would it be? Stanford University engineering scientist Mark Jacobson has the answer: get rid of black soot. The dense carbon particles are the result of incomplete combustion of a hydrocarbon from engines, forest fires, and power plants. Ever seen discolored walls above the baseboard of an electric heating unit? That’s black soot. Black soot is the result of incomplete combustion of a hydrocarbon Black soot is... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on July 29, 2010 No Comments »
Category : The man made climate


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