By Bud Ward
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That smoke includes lots of very small particles of elemental carbon. Without proper pollution control equipment, burning coal can also produce soot. Black carbon is a very effective absorber of both sunlight and infrared, and as a result tends to warm the lower atmosphere (troposphere). 2 W/m2. Human activities lead to release of numerous other kinds of aerosols. Human burning of fossil fuels and biomass like wood produces many other compounds besides elemental black carbon. These carbon-based (“organic”) compounds take the form of both particles and gases.
Estimating the net atmospheric effects of various human changes to land cover is difficult for several reasons. First, many of those changes were made in the distant historic or prehistoric past, before precise records were kept. Second, even with today’s advanced satellitemounted instruments and massive databases, land use change is difficult to measure. Third, the complexities and interconnections of land-cover, soils, and other ecosystem components make net emissions or uptake even harder to measure than changes in land cover.
HALOCARBONS Also intensifying the greenhouse effect in the Earth’s atmosphere are halocarbons. These compounds combine carbon with one or more of the five elements called halogens: fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine, but only the first three are relevant here. Included in the family of halocarbons are the CFCs; the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs); HCFC substitutes; and some others—carbon tetrachloride, halons, methyl chloride, methylchloroform, and methyl bromide. Some of these gases, such as CFCs -11, -12, -113, -114, and -115, have gotten quite a bit of press attention.
Reporting on Climate Change: Understanding the Science by Bud Ward