The health of Latin America depends on reducing black carbon

December 10, 2014 10:01 AM

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Black carbon is an air pollutant described by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the most strongly light-absorbing component of particulate matter (PM)” that results from incomplete combustion of fossil fuel. It is considered the second most dangerous air pollutant globally, and is emitted by everything from major manufacturing processes to residential cooking.

When it comes to those who suffer the most from black carbon, countries with few or no regulations on carbon emissions fare the worst, and Latin American nations top the list.

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