Oceanography

Congress Finally Takes Notice Of Black Carbon
March 17, 2010

I've written a fair bit about black carbon, a form of soot created by incompletely burning biomass. Wood cookstoves in the developing world are one big culprit. The dark soot particles settle on snow and ice and absorb more sunlight; recent studies have found they contribute quite a bit to Arctic ice-melt and the wilting of Himalayan glaciers.