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EPA Adopts Stronger Standards on Gasoline and Cars to Reduce Smog and Soot

March 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Over 130 million Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to the American Lung Association. In those areas, automobiles are responsible for as much as 45 percent of the emissions that dirty the air with smog and soot.[read more]

Soot Pollution - the Number Two Contributor to Climate Change?

January 18, 2013 by Kristopher Settle
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Coal via Shutterstock

Soot is defined as the particulate matter released by the burning of fossil fuels, mainly coal. It is often a black substance that is deemed harmful because the dark particles cause warming by absorbing heat in the air. On a grand scale, black carbon also quickens the melting of glaciers. It is now listed as the number two human contributor to climate change.[read more]

What’s Soot Got To Do With It?

May 17, 2010 by Andrew Freedman

By Andrew Freedman Most of the discussion regarding the highly anticipated Senate energy and climate change legislation, which Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) introduced last week following months of negotiations, has focused on the bill’s provisions pertaining to offshore oil and gas drilling, incentives...[read more]

SOS from the Copenhagen, Sir

December 18, 2009 by Jonathan Smith

Subtitle: Save Our Soot… Why, what did you think it meant? This blog previously noted a concise explanation of global and regional climate changes due to black carbon: 40% of soot comes from power sources, mainly coal and oil. Quickly reducing soot could have substantial short-term effects on the rate of climate change. Such reduction...[read more]

Flight Suit Boy Solutions

March 24, 2008 by Jonathan Smith

We desperately need implementation of carbon free technologies for power generation and transportation, if we want somehow to mitigate destruction of life on the planet as we know it. For instance, 40% of soot comes from power sources, mainly coal and oil. Quickly reducing soot could have substantial short-term effects on the rate of...[read more]