Experts Say India Needs to Cut Down on its Black Carbon Emissions
India needs to cut down on its black carbon emissions to make a positive impact on global warming on one hand and improving health of people on the other, environment experts today said.
Participants and researchers at the Anil Agarwal Dialogue 2015 organised by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) here focused on the impacts of diesel, brick kilns and cook stoves and said they were major sources of black carbon and contributors to global warming.
Experts said that while primarily diesel-run vehicles were responsible for black carbon emission in Delhi, in rural areas, black carbon is clearly indicated for local air pollution as it adds to the health burden of poor women who have no option but to cook food using biomass on inefficient stoves.
Researchers said that cookstoves emit what are known as short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) known as black carbon, a product of incomplete combustion and deadly when inhaled.