Air Pollution

IIT team tracks brown carbon’s effect on atmospheric warming

  1. Source: Study by a team of researchers from IIT Kanpur
  2. Finding: The effect of biomass burning in increasing atmospheric aerosols and in turn atmospheric warming through light absorption
  3. The role of black carbon produced by biomass burning in increasing atmospheric warming is already known
  4. Brown carbon: This study highlights the lesser-known role of brown carbon
  5. Though brown carbon is 10 times more than black carbon in terms of mass, the absorption capacity of black carbon is 50 times more than brown carbon
  6. The study was conducted in Kanpur and can be extended to the entire Indo-Gangetic Plain because the sources of aerosol are the same
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