10 Tweetable Facts About Soot And Black Carbon

cartoon showing a mother and baby polar bear looking up at a sky of falling black particles. The tagline reads: no, honey, that's not black snow. It's soot.

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1. Over 70 million people are exposed to spikes in fine particle pollution at levels EPA deems unsafe

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2. Particulate matter can be so small that it can only be detected with an electron microscope

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3. Particulate matter can enter your lungs without you even knowing it

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4. Soot is the common name by which we refer to “particulate matter” (PM) or particle pollution

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5. The composition of soot is different depending on where you live

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6. Soot causes thousands of premature deaths, asthma attacks, and heart attacks each year

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7. Soot comes from: diesel engines, vehicle tailpipes, #coal plant smokestacks, oil refineries, and fires

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8. The smallest soot particles are the most harmful because they can penetrate furthest into the lungs

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9. Soot particles absorb radiation from the sun and can hasten the melting of snow and ice cover

10. Climate scientists refer to black carbon—the main component of #soot—as a “climate forcer”

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TOPICS: Air Pollution, Cars and Trucks, Coal, Soot