Black Carbon

February 4th, 2013

New research suggests that black carbon, also known as soot, is the second biggest cause of global warming. A group of climate scientists recently published a study claiming that black carbon is almost just as bad for the planet as carbon dioxide. It is produced both naturally and by human activities as a result of the incomplete com¬bustion of fossil fuels, biofuels, and biomass. Primary sources include emissions from diesel engines, cook stoves, wood burning and forest fires. As you may already know, carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for decades and warms the climate at a slow pace. On the other hand, black carbon remains in the atmosphere for only a few weeks, so cutting its emissions would immediately reduce the rate of warming.
So what does this mean for home and business owners? By taking action now to reduce soot emissions, we’ll all be able to reap the benefits of a cleaner environment sooner. Entelrgy can help individuals reduce their carbon footprint not only through our green energy solutions, but also by purchasing energy efficient products online through our partners. Remember you can do their part to minimize the amount of carbon dioxide and black carbon from enter-ing the atmosphere as harmful greenhouse gases.
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