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IMO agrees on definition for black carbon in the Arctic

Good news but also about time that the IMO decided to address so-called black carbon in the Arctic, says environmental NGO Transport & Environment.

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Black carbon has been a major problem in the Arctic for a long time now. Increased sailing near the Arctic regions results in a higher number of black carbon particles on the ice, which subsequently increases the speed at which the ice melts by reducing the so-called albedo effect - the ice and snow's ability to reflect the sun's beams back into space. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has now decided to address this issue.

The IMO has in fact been working on the matter for years. But after four years with no real breakthroughs, the IMO's subcommittee for prevention and reaction has now agreed on a definition for Arctic black carbon.

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