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Black carbon's role has been underestimated says a research study

According to a recent study, the influence of soot (also known as “black carbon”) on global warming, has been greatly underestimated and could be twice previous estimates.

The report finds black carbon is a significant cause of the rapid warming in the Northern Hemisphere at mid to high latitudes, including the northern United States, Canada, northern Europe and northern Asia. Its impact can also be felt further south, causing changes in rainfall patterns from the Asian Monsoon.

Some of the co-authors of the study are directly involved in MACC-II, working together on improving the aerosol monitoring and forecasting system. This part of the Copernicus Atmosphere service will contribute to help reduce uncertainties on black carbon and its impact on climate and air quality.

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(Source University of Leeds & MACC-II) & website