Latest Soot Stories

2009-01-12 11:00:00

Part of the changing climate, earlier spring snowmelt could affect hydropower generation, agriculture Soot from pollution causes winter snowpacks to warm, shrink and warm some more. This continuous cycle sends snowmelt streaming down mountains as much as a month early, a new study finds. How pollution affects a mountain range's natural water reservoirs is important for water resource managers in the western United States and Canada who plan for hydroelectricity generation, fisheries and...

2008-08-03 12:00:04

NEW YORK (AP) -- A 12-year-old girl just wanted to show her cousin the view from her family's Manhattan rooftop. Instead, she fell into a chimney and plummeted down the flue for 14 stories, emerging nearly unscathed to tell her story after landing in a pile of furnace soot. Grace Bergere, a young rock drummer, was recovering at a hospital on Saturday with an injured hip. A 2-foot-deep pile of ash and dust probably saved her life by cushioning her fall when she crashed into a basement...

2008-07-19 00:00:37

Poor air quality will continue in the Pittsburgh area this weekend, with especially polluted air forecast for the Mon Valley, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced today. Since Wednesday, officials have advised people sensitive to pollution -- such as the elderly, children and asthmatics -- to avoid prolonged outdoor activity in southwestern Pennsylvania. Everyone in the Mon Valley should avoid the outdoors because pollution levels are especially high there....

2008-07-10 07:50:00

Tugboats puff out more soot for the amount of fuel used than other commercial vessels, and large cargo ships emit more than twice as much soot as previously estimated, according to the first extensive study of commercial vessel soot emissions. Scientists from NOAA and the University of Colorado conducted the study and present their findings in the July 11 issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The primary sources of soot, or small particles of black carbon, are fossil fuel...

2008-06-25 18:03:07

By Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jun. 25--Bay Area residents can expect more polluted air, gray skies and spectacular sunsets this week from a series of wildfires that have made the air unhealthy to breath in some places and spurred a regionwide health advisory. The smoke could stick around for the rest of the week or longer, according to the National Weather Service. Many Northern California wildfires continue billowing tons of soot into the air, and weather...

2008-06-25 09:03:32

By Maddalena Jackson, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jun. 25--As the Sacramento area settled into what promises to be a week of hazy air, more attention was being paid to what that could mean in terms of health. "There are almost 1,000 fires in Northern California," said Daniel Berlant of the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The smoke "is a combination of all these fires." He checked his numbers. "Nine hundred eighty three fires." Air quality is determined by forcing air...

2007-04-11 11:05:50

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - NASA scientists have discovered evidence that a mysterious red glow, seen throughout the Milky Way and other galaxies but never on Earth, radiates from extremely fine dust clusters that cause the glow by combining molecular forces that oppose each other. Researchers theorize that the red glow, called the Extended Red Emission (ERE), is due to a very unusual form of charged molecular clusters. Measured in billionths of a meter (billionths of a yard), these tiny clusters...

2005-03-29 13:26:05

NASA -- Soot is normally something you think of at the bottom of your chimney, but it also gets into the air, and scientists have been finding it at the frozen Arctic. Soot gets into the air when fuel, vegetation and firewood are burned. When you watch the smoke and soot drift away from your chimney, you normally wouldn't think that it would drift to the North Pole and change the ice and snow there. NASA has been exploring how black carbon or soot affects the Earth's climate, by using...

2005-03-03 13:31:04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The major source of potentially climate-changing soot in the air over south Asia is home cooking fires, according to a team of Indian and American researchers. The burning of wood, agricultural waste and animal manure for cooking is the largest source of black carbon in the air in that region, according to the team led by C. Venkataraman of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. "We therefore suggest that the control of these emissions through cleaner cooking...

Word of the Day
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.