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The world is ignoring the other deadly kind of carbon

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By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read

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🗞️ Driving the news: Vast areas of Canadian wilderness are ablaze again, forcing thousands to evacuate
• These "zombie fires" from last year smoldered underground and reignited this year, sending smoke into northern U.S. cities
• The fires have emitted over 15 megatons of carbon by mid-May

🔭 The context: Black carbon, a component of wildfire smoke, results from incomplete combustion of fuels
• It poses severe health risks and accelerates Arctic ice melt by darkening surfaces and increasing heat absorption
• Efforts to mitigate black carbon emissions include improved cooking technologies and reduced fossil fuel use

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Black carbon significantly contributes to climate change and health issues
• It accelerates Arctic warming and ice melt, creating a feedback loop of increasing fires and emissions
• Addressing black carbon can provide immediate climate and health benefits.

⏭️ What's next: Strategies to reduce black carbon include using cleaner cooking fuels, decarbonizing heavy industries, and adopting Indigenous fire management practices
• Investing in clean cooking solutions could prevent severe health and environmental costs.

💬 One quote: “Clean cooking has to be a very powerful emergency-brake solution,” says Yusuf Jameel of Project Drawdown

📈 One stat: By May 16, Canadian wildfires' monthly carbon emissions surpassed 15 megatons.

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