A beautiful sunset over the by-products of copper mining in Mufulira, Zambia, commonly known as The Black Mountain.

NCAR researchers find alarming pollution in Africa

That smartphone you use, the electric vehicle you drive and your laptop all rely on lithium-ion batteries.

The material inside those batteries is cobalt, much of which is mined in Africa. New research out of Boulder suggests that mining for cobalt is also polluting parts of Africa.

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Monitoring African Copper and Cobalt Mining Emissions from Space

​Emissions associated with mining operations in Africa’s Copperbelt can be quantified from space, according to new research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

View of Denver skyline and air pollution from South Table Mountain

Clearing the Air: The Hazy Future of Our Skies

ACOM Scientist Gabriele Pfister contributed to the new season of the award-winning podcast "Laws of Notion" which the Institute of Science & Policy just released.


ACOM CIMS tour 2023.06.15 - group photo Anne Johansen of NSF Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences visits ACOM
NCAR Director Everette Joseph attends presentation of new APROC I-CIMS instrument