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Press Release 13-067

Cutting Specific Atmospheric Pollutants Would Slow Sea Level Rise

Decreasing emissions of black carbon, methane and other pollutants makes a difference

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Illustration showing the globe surrounded by a purple sloud

Black carbon, a short-lived pollutant (shown in purple), shrouds the globe.

Credit: NOAA


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Graphic illustration showing the path to black carbon

The path to black carbon: where it comes from, where it goes.

Credit: NOAA


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Image showing thick haze and smoke along the Ganges Basin in northern India as seen from outerspace

Image showing thick haze and smoke along the Ganges Basin in northern India.

Credit: NASA


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Controlled fire at sea

Controlled burns release huge amounts of sooty black carbon into the atmosphere.

Credit: USCG


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School bus spewing smoke through exhaust pipe

Soot in exhaust spews out black carbon.

Credit: US EPA


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Image showing black carbon entering the atmosphere

Black carbon enters the atmosphere, then returns to land and sea.

Credit: NOAA


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