Assessing black carbon's effects on climate
Article first published online: 6 MAR 2013
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 94, Issue 10, page 104, 5 March 2013
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2013), Assessing black carbon's effects on climate, Eos Trans. AGU, 94(10), 104.(
- Issue published online: 6 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 6 MAR 2013
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- black carbon;
- climate forcing;
Black carbon aerosol, commonly known as soot, plays an important role in Earth's climate system by absorbing solar radiation, affecting cloud processes, and influencing melting of snow and ice. In fact, after carbon dioxide, black carbon is the second most important individual climate forcing agent in the industrial era, a new study indicates. Large sources of black carbon emissions include burning of forests, industrial and residential burning of coal and biomass for fuel, and burning of diesel fuels for transportation.