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Controlled burns after BP oil spill emitted millions of pounds of black carbon, NOAA study finds #oilspill #pollution

21 Sep 2011: Burning Oil from BP Spill Emitted Millions of Pounds of Black Carbon The deliberate burning of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster released 1.4 million to 4.6 million pounds of black carbon into the atmosphere during a nine-week USCG Smoke billows from controlled burn period, according to a new study by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That amount significantly exceeds the quantity of soot emitted from ships in the Gulf Of Mexico during a typical nine-week period. The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters , found that the average size of the black carbon particles was much large than those emitted by other sources in the Gulf. Black carbon, which is the most light-absorbing particle in the atmosphere, contributes to global warming and is known to pose a health thre...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/burning_oil_from_bp_spill_emi...

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