Particulate Emissions: Overlooked lamps may produce as much black carbon as shipping industry does
Kerosene lamps glow nightly in communities across the developing world. New research shows that these tiny lights have a greater impact than expected on climate (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es302697h). Inefficient lamps burning kerosene release about 270 gigatons of black carbon particulate matter into the atmosphere every year, the researchers estimate. This level of emissions is similar to that of the shipping industry.