By SADAF AIJAZ
Srinagar: The Met department has installed an Aethalometer at its Rambagh centre in Srinagar to measure black carbon concentration in the Valley atmosphere.
Director Meteorology Sonam Lotus said it is the first such device installed in Kashmir Valley, as the department wants to measure the amount of black carbon in the atmosphere.
Vehicles, especially the ones that run on diesel, followed burnt wood are the major sources of black carbon. The device, besides measuring black carbon concentration, is also used for monitoring air quality.
According to United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report, black carbon is a solid component of particulate matter in air and contributes to severe cardiovascular and respiratory problems. Reports citing research say that high black carbon levels reduced crop production.
Lotus said Kashmir cannot remain aloof from global environmental changes, as it is a major concern right now. The government of India has impressed upon limiting carbon emissions.