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A typical, crude kerosene lamp. See the orange in the flame? That’s carbon burning.

There are dozens of reasons to say “No” to kerosene, or “kero,” which of course gave rise to our name “Nokero.” For starters, it is dirty, dangerous, and expensive. A recent study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Illinois have also singled out kerosene as a notorious contributor of carbon into the atmosphere, and one of the easiest to replace.

From the article at Phys Org:

Results from field and lab tests found that 7 to 9 percent of the kerosene in wick lamps—used for light in 250-300 million households without electricity—is converted to black carbon when burned. In comparison, only half of 1 percent of the emissions from burning wood is converted to black carbon…

“The orange glow in flames comes from black carbon, so the brighter the glow, the more black carbon is being made,” said study principal investigator Tami Bond…

“There are no magic bullets that will solve all of our greenhouse gas problems, but replacing kerosene lamps is low-hanging fruit, and we don’t have many examples of that in the climate world,” said study co-author Kirk Smith, professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and director of the Global Health and Environment Program. “There are many inexpensive, cleaner alternatives to kerosene lamps that are available now, and few if any barriers to switching to them.”

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