Research Spotlight: What are the effects of controlling fossil fuel soot?


  • Leslie Ofori,

  • Ernie Tretkoff


Fossil fuel soot, emitted during combustion of diesel fuel, jet fuel, and coal, and biofuel soot, emitted mainly through burning of wood and organic waste for heating and cooking, can affect climate and air quality. How much does each of these contribute to global warming? What would be the effects of limiting fossil fuel and biofuel soot emissions? To find out, Jacobson used climate model simulations to investigate and compare the short-term effects of controlling fossil fuel and biofuel soot, as well as methane and carbon dioxide.