Skip to comments.Kerosene Lamps Identified as Big Source of Black Carbon
Posted on 11/30/2012 7:36:25 PM PST by dynachrome
The primary source of light for more than a billion people in developing nations is also churning out black carbon at levels previously overlooked in greenhouse gas estimates, according to a new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois.
Results from field and lab tests found that 7 to 9 percent of the kerosene in wick lamps -- used for light in 250-300 million households without electricity -- is converted to black carbon when burned. In comparison, only half of 1 percent of the emissions from burning wood is converted to black carbon.
Factoring in the new study results leads to a twenty-fold increase in estimates of black carbon emissions from kerosene-fueled lighting. The previous estimates come from established databases used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and others. One kilogram of black carbon, a byproduct of incomplete combustion and an important greenhouse gas, produces as much warming in a month as 700 kilograms of carbon dioxide does over 100 years, the authors said
(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...
Generator owners = infrastructure opt out brigands
Kerosene lamp lighters = global warming splittists
Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!
hey let’s just put EVERYONE in the time before OG... time before fire.
Jesus I’m getting sicker of this by the minute.
How many people have even heard of “black carbon”?
Aren’t they the best source of buckyballs?
Note to self. Hoard kerosene now instead of rice.
They really do want us to freeze to death in the dark.
During the late 40s and early 50s there was no electricity in rural NW Florida. I remember we had kerosene lanterns. Only a few years later Kerosene lanterns were so worthless that an auctioneer in Panama City could not give one away.
He finally told the crowd he would pay someone 25 cents to take it. This would have been around 1953. I raised my hand but a man did too. He probably would not have sold it to a six year old anyhow tho I doubt if sold is the right word.
kerosene baaaaaad, solar panels gooooood.
Please note, the study did not mention lamp oil, which burns cleaner than kerosene. It’s also easier on your wicks. And Aladdin lamps are the way to go...no pumping and very little noise (man, I hate the sound of a Coleman lamp!)
OMG, The sky is going to fall because of this????/ I better go warn everyone!!!!
...not to be confused with “BOCCE BALLS!”
I've heard of "carbon black" which the writer should have written if not clueless.
“lamp oil, which burns cleaner than kerosene”
yup, but price and utility lead me to kerosene as a backup. multiple uses, though the odor is annoying.
” - - - How many people have even heard of black carbon? - - - “
I am utterly stunned that you have broken the PC Rule that prohibits using the “b” word as a modifier to carbon.
What will the MSNBC-Moms do when their preppy children notice pure Carbon on the carved Liberal smiling lips of their “Holiday” pumpkins?
“Darker than night” might be a good substitute for the “b” word.
Anyone remember the USMC technique for sight blacking?
Another thing to be amazed they had to do a study over. Anyone fool can just burn a kerosene lamp and see the black carbon soot stains form after a while with their naked eyes. What do they think happens when you burn organic, carbon based chemicals?
You’re a racist and a Hater.
If the Third World is poisoning the air with this much dangerous global warming pollution, they owe us billions of dollars for Environmental Justice. Pronto.
I’ve been meaning to get some lamps......
Easily fixed. Just price kerosene beyond their reach, and let them sit in the dark or go to bed early.
“Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” (cuts down on the soot, haha)
Hot Tuna, live, with Papa John Creach on the fiddle. 1972
Well, obviously they can’t use those dangerous light bulbs.
Maybe if they could burn mercury in their open flame lamps?
The politically correct term is “White Carbon”.
Hey yeah, call it “Quality family time”. Just like unemployment and storms that knock out power for days!
We must buy solar powered LED lanterns for everyone. ( make sure they’re made by GE )
Youre a racist and a Hater.
Yes, the preferred term now is, Carbon-American.
Except if they are Abound (Government) panels.
Wonder if solar panels produce carbon while they are on fire.
Well, these days it’s usually called “Carbon of Color.”
How do they know soot from this source gets anywhere high enough in the atmosphere to do squat?
off topic question
how does one click and find a specific freepers posts ?
click the freeper’s name then look at “in forum”
Our local Walmart can’t keep kerosene lamps in stock, and the wicks sell out fast as well. I just sent them an e-mail asking them to sell the replacement chimneys like they used to do.
It’s also the main ingredient of India ink without which we artists would surely go mad.
It’s completely non-toxic so I can’t see the Big Deal, here.
“If the Third World is poisoning the air with this much dangerous global warming pollution...”
Actually they do - much more than the U.S. does. Still - it won’t affect the climate. While the U.S. and other modern nation’s citizens, and I suppose some leaders, really “believe” in man-made warming, I think the REAL leaders know it is a ruse.
But a good ruse to use to bring America and other modern countries down a notch or two. Or three or more.
Out of control coal seam fires in China put out more CO2 in a year than all of America’s cars and trucks do. And more and more coal seam fires happen all the time over there. (And they don’t/can’t be put out).
Give me a break, it’s SOOT people. Next thing we know silicon dioxide (aka sand) will be declared hazardous.
If they really want to account for new sources, maybe they should consider all the excess carbon dioxide they produce braying about Global Warming, Climate Change, whatever.
If they only banned high tides, sea level rise would not be a threat. (Let 'em mull that over.)
Gee. Maybe they could repeal the Law of Gravity while they are at it.
How many people know that without "black carbon", there would be no shiny diamonds?
To steal and paraphrase a line from Bogey... “There are places in Africa even the left might not want to try and control”.
In today’s PC enviornment, I’m confused about whether or not your article’s head line is either “Racist” for mentioning ‘Black carbon’ as distincet from other types of carbon. OR if it is “racist” because it should refer to African-American Carbon, since ‘black’ is a racist and out of date term?
See also "UN Agenda 21."