Black Carbon

  • Published
    7th Jun, 2021

GS-III: Environment

  • Important International Institutions, agencies and fora - their Structure, Mandate
  • If South Asian countries implement all the current Black Carbon (BC) emission policies, the deposition of the pollutant can go down by 23 per cent, according to a new report released by the World Bank Group.

    • Black carbon, or soot, is part of fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5). It is formed by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, wood and other fuels.
    • Black carbon is a short-lived climate pollutant with a lifetime of only days to weeks after release in the atmosphere.

Prelims question:

Regarding Black Carbon, consider the following statements:

  1. It is an allotrope of carbon.
  2. Black carbon burns to produce carbon dioxide.
  3. It is a short-lived pollutant.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Mains Question:

“Short lived black carbon has full potential to cause long term disruptions in the ecological services.” Comment  (150 words)


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