Posted by: r.m. | November 20, 2008

what about black carbon in the soil?

A very interesting article from, arguably, one of the best climate-change news-blog sites (

Global warming projections overestimated, says black carbon study



  1. It’s really good to know that global warming predictions were overestimated,although i didn’t quite understand the principal behind black carbon.
    By the way,today’s lecture on climate change was really nice Dr Rania,thanks alot!

  2. I think this is a blessing in disguise, because even though it is reason to hope for most people, who have come to term with the reality and seriousness of the issue of human induced climate change, this can also be fuel, ironically, to those advocating theories that climate change is a conspiracy or whatever they can imagine it to be!

  3. am not really convinced by what those scientists are saying, because if the global warming predictions are overestimated then why are we wittnessing these huge climate changes over the past years. i think the “Black Carbon” theory is interesting but it need to be more convincing.

  4. Black carbon is one of the largest contributers to global warming. Once in the atmosphere, however, it remains for only a few weeks, unlike carbon dioxide molecules which tend to have a lifespan of 5 years. By calculating the amount of CB in the soil, this gives a more accurate prediction of how severe our environmental situation is. It is quite important since “soils are by far the world’s largest source of carbon dioxide, producing 10 times more carbon dioxide each year than all the carbon dioxide emissions from human activities combined.”

  5. Well, as a first reaction, we will be glad that the global warming is overestimated… But, if we think about it, I dont beleive that a single study will prove all the previous studies and statistics wrong… Even if this study is correct, it should further analysed and more experimental studies should be done for this topic.
    I think it’s a political desguise that calm people down, especially people who are actually taking global warming seriously and participatiing into activities that are against some political and economical benefits. Personally, this rticle didnt convince me…

  6. Wonder how much black carbon comes from the many million badly designed wood stoves and fireplaces.

  7. At least in the case of black carbon, reduction efforts will pay off in immediately improved human health. This is not so much the case for CO2.

  8. We should definitely not take this study for a fact and just forget about all the previous ones, and even if Global Warming was overestimated, so what? Does it stop existing, should we feel relieved and stop looking for a solution??
    Dr Rania, such articles shouldn’t be posted on your blog, they do more harm then good 😛

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