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Black Carbon And Its Impacts On Health

Black Carbon And Its Impacts On Health:

A team of researchers conducted a Study on black carbon and its impacts on health.

Key findings:

  • Black Carbon has a significant adverse effect on human health and can lead to a premature death.
  • The Indo-Gangetic plain is exposed to Black Carbon (BC) with serious implications on regional climate and human health.
  • Mortality rises linearly with an increase in air pollutants level and shows adverse impact at higher levels.
  • The inclusion of BC as a potential health hazard inspires and provides a background for more epidemiological studies to provide evidence of health effects of air pollutants from different parts of India.
  • This will help government and policy-makers for better planning to mitigate the adversity associated with changing climate-air pollution-health nexus.

Black Carbon:

  • Black carbon results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass. BC is produced both naturally and by human activities as a result of the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuels, and biomass.
  • Primary sources include emissions from diesel engines, cook stoves, wood burning and forest fires.
  • It is a short-lived pollutant that is the second-largest contributor to warming the planet behind carbon dioxide (CO2).