OneWorld South Asia reports today on the importance of black carbon emission reductions. According to the site, 400,000 women and children die due to smoke inhalation in India alone, and 35% of the world’s black carbon output comes from India and China.
Researchers found that efforts to find alternative technology could reduce heating caused by these emissions by 70-80% in South Asia. The article features researcher Veerabhadran Ramanathan of the Scripps Institute, who is part of a team that is trying to start up an observation program addressing this issue.
Known as Project Surya, the proposed venture would provide some 20,000 rural Indian households with smoke-free cookers and equipped to transmit data. At the same time, a team of researchers led by Ramanathan would observe air pollution levels in the region to measure the effect of the cookers.