Black carbon deteriorating environmental health in the Himalayan region

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Abstract
Carbon depositing in the high area at the rate of 4.62 micrograms per cubic meter
The research revealed by scientists of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology

Black carbon growing rapidly in high Himalayan regions is spoiling the health of the Himalayas. Research from scientists at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology has revealed that black carbon is accumulating in these areas at a rate of 0.01 to 4.62 micrograms per cubic meter.

This carbon is not only accelerating the melting of glaciers in the higher Himalayan regions, but also adversely affecting wildlife and trees of these regions. This is the first time in the world that Wadia scientists have studied through ‘Real Time All Weather Data’.

Scientists believe that black carbon is absorbing the ultraviolet rays coming from the Sun as well as emitting them in the form of infrared which has a direct effect on the temperature and glaciers of the Himalayan region.

Study set up a monitoring station in Bhojwasa, Chidwasa
According to the scientists of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, in order to study the environment in the higher Himalayan regions, monitoring stations have been set up in Bhojwasa and Chidwasa beyond Gangotri. This is the first time in the world that Wadia has established stations at such an altitude.

Dr. PS Negi, senior scientist of the institute says that at present 22 observatories are established all over the country. In which many scientists are studying the effects on the environment. However, this is the first time monitoring stations have been set up in Himalayan regions to study the impact of black carbon on the environment.

According to scientists, black carbon is reaching various areas of Haryana and Punjab due to stubble burning every year. Apart from this, carbon emissions of European countries are also having a significant impact.

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