Category Archives: Carbon soot

Study: Greenland’s July 2012 ‘insta-melt’ was triggered by a combination of warm weather and carbon soot

WUWT readers surely remember all the media hype over this story. This was REP’s last entry on WUWT: As WUWT readers are aware, there has been a great deal of attention paid by the main stream media to the extensive … Continue reading

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Black Carbon Soot shrank the 19th century glaciers – but why isn’t it listed as a culprit today?

From the University of Colorado at Boulder comes this press release and accompanying photo. The photo, showing hazy pollution laden air in the Bernese Alps, makes me wonder why they don’t attribute current glacier ice loss issues to soot. Asia … Continue reading

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In the Arctic, nearby soot may be a larger forcing than CO2

From the AGU Weekly Highlights, something I’ve pointed out more than a few times. See this photo of a moulin in upper Greenland, where carbon soot has collected at the bottom: Image from National Geographic online slide show – Photo: … Continue reading

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Wildfire aerosols not handled well in climate modeling

From Los Alamos National Laboratory: Wildfires may contribute more to global warming than previously predicted They suggest that fire emissions could contribute a lot more to the observed climate warming than current estimates show. Haze of smoke emanating from the … Continue reading

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Something else to worry about…carbon in the water

From the Oh Noes department and the Max Planck Institute comes this headline sure to cause worry worts scurrying for carbon removing water filters: Massive amounts of charcoal enter the worlds’ oceans Wild fire residue is washed out of the … Continue reading

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Study: Black carbon aerosol forcing may be an important factor affecting the snow & ice cover in the Northern Hemisphere

We’ve had several essays here at WUWT  on the role of Black Carbon soot and its role in affecting surface albedo. Anyone who has ever witnessed “dirty snow” knows that it tends to melt faster than white snow under sunlight … Continue reading

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Dust in the wind: Melt ponds in the Arctic hasten overall melting

I’ve often wondered if carbon soot plays a role in this. See our recent WUWT story about how black carbon’s role has been underestimated, and note that Arctic melting is listed as one of the effects. See also the tag … Continue reading

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More on Black Carbon from Univ of Washington

International study: Where there’s smoke or smog, there’s climate change By Hannah Hickey In addition to causing smoggy skies and chronic coughs, soot – or black carbon – turns out to be the number two contributor to global warming. It’s … Continue reading

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A bit of a bombshell from the AGU IGBR: Black carbon is a larger cause of climate change than previously assessed

From the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme via Eurekalert, some of the heat gets taken off CO2 as the ‘big kahuna’ of forcings, now there is another major player, one that we can easily do something about. I’ve often speculated that black … Continue reading

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Another hole in the climate models – no lamp black forcing

Interesting point, but I wonder how such a change would come about when people often can’t afford an alternative? Let there be clean light: Kerosene lamps spew black carbon, should be replaced, study says By Sarah Yang, Media Relations BERKELEY … Continue reading

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Another failure of climate models – carbon soot warming actually far less than models predict

From Boston College another failure of climate models to capture reality has been exposed by field empiricism. The map below from NASA’s Earth Observatory will likely have to be revised now that absorption has been demonstrated to be far less. … Continue reading

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Greenland Ice Sheet albedo drops ‘off the bottom of the chart’ – but look closer as to why

Got this in the mail just as I posted my open thread announcemnt. I’m too busy this weekend to say much else except to post this tweet from Bill McKibben and some past blog excerpts and invite discussion. Bill McKibben … Continue reading

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Shocker: The Hansen/GISS team paper that says: “we argue that rapid warming in recent decades has been driven mainly by non-CO2 greenhouse gases”

Note: This will be a top post for a day or two, new stories will appear below this one – please scroll down. ============================================================ No, this isn’t a joke, it isn’t a fake document, and it isn’t a misinterpretation. It … Continue reading

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Carbon soot may be driving the expansion of the tropics – not CO2

From the University of California – Riverside it seems that black carbon soot is driving tropical expansion. How could this be? I thought CO2 was all powerful, so powerful with the strength of 400,000 Hiroshima bombs each day that animals … Continue reading

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Too many cooks spoil the carbon footprint

From the American Chemical Society  it seems that newer is not always better. Even Yale environment360 bought into this idea. I should add that I’m all for reducing carbon soot, but in the zealous rush for solutions, sometimes too many … Continue reading

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Ramanathan and Almost-Black Carbon

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach My thanks to Nick Stokes and Joel Shore. In the comments to my post on the effects of atmospheric black carbon, Extremely Black Carbon, they brought up and we discussed the results of Ramanathan et … Continue reading

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Extremely Black Carbon

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Of late there has been a lot written about the effect of “black carbon”, a.k.a. “soot”, and also “brown carbon”, a.k.a. wood and dung smoke, on the climate. Me, I think it’s worthwhile controlling black … Continue reading

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One side effect of a warmer Arctic, it will be cleaner due to black carbon scavenging

No polar bears and Arctic foxes  aren’t scavenging carbon, but more moisture during summer months will. Arctic air may become cleaner as temperatures rise The air in the Arctic is cleaner during summer than during winter. Previous studies have shown … Continue reading

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Aircraft measurements show surprisingly high levels of black carbon particles in the global atmosphere – Asia blamed

From NCAR/UCAR: First global portrait of greenhouse gases emerges from pole-to-pole flights BOULDER—A three-year series of research flights from the Arctic to the Antarctic has successfully produced an unprecedented portrait of greenhouse gases and particles in the atmosphere, scientists announced … Continue reading

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Soot easier to control than CO2 – may help Arctic ice

From the American Chemical Society something I’ve always wondered about, that soot plays a major role in the Arctic. Controlling soot though, has to start outside of the United States, because soot emissions are already highly regulated by the EPA. … Continue reading

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Greenland Ground Zero for Global Soot Warming

People send me stuff. In my email this past week I got a cover photo of the June 2010 issue of National Geographic along with this message from Al in Georgia: I was at the Doctor’s office and picked up … Continue reading

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Oh, soot!

Also, see below the “Continue reading” line for an impressive scientific visualization video of black carbon being transported around the globe. University of Iowa News Release July 27, 2010 UI researcher finds black carbon implicated in global warming Increasing the … Continue reading

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Caveats Regarding Dr. Phil Jones’ Phenological Arguments for Global Warming

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany The latest Science magazine has an extended interview with Dr. Phil Jones. In this post, I’ll keep away from issues related to Climategate, whether this was a softball interview (given that, for example, there … Continue reading

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LBNL on Himalayas: “greenhouse gases alone are not nearly enough to be responsible for the snow melt”

From Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, and announcement that comes at a very inconvenient time for IPCC and Pachauri while their “Glaciergate” issue rages. Aerosols and black carbon are tagged as the major drivers. And no mention of disappearance by 2035. … Continue reading

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