Kerosene wick lamps produce both light and hazardous soot

Los Angeles Times 30 November 2012.

The bright orange flames of kerosene wick lamps used in millions of impoverished households around the world are significant sources of global warming and pollutants linked torespiratory diseases, according to a new study.

Lab and field work led by researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign showed that 7% to 9% of the kerosene consumed by the crude burners is converted to black carbon — a 20-fold increase over previous estimates, the study published online this month in the journal Environmental Science & Technology said.

One kilogram of black carbon, a byproduct of incomplete combustion that absorbs light and heats the atmosphere, produces as much warming in a month as 700 kilograms of carbon dioxide does in a century, the study said…

(Editor’s note: Good motivation for rural energy projects.)

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