Study reveals warming’s sooty side

Black carbon is nearly three times more important in climate change than previously thought, research led by the University of Illinois has found. The finding makes black carbon the second highest contributor to climate change.

Black carbon, otherwise known as soot, warms the atmosphere by absorbing heat and decreasing albedo. Controlling black carbon emissions could lead to reduced warming.

However the scientists add that many other products are released with soot, some of which may cause cooling.

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