Wednesday, August 3, 2005

The Science of Global Warming - Pollution is Cool

Scientists studying the effects of aerosols on the Atlantic Ocean confirm that smoke, dust, and pollution indeed may moderate the effects of global warming there.  Aerosols both reduce cloud droplet size and increase shallow cloud cover.  And the cloud cover effects are much more important than the effects of smaller droplet size. 

So, pollution is cool and climate models underestimate the impact of aerosols and thus exaggerate the likely amount of warming.  I guess this comes under the good news category, but...

Open Access Link: Kaufman aerosol study -- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Until we can force more states to adhere to the California standard for industrial air pollution control through the use of mist eliminators the problem is only going to get worse.

Posted by: John Richards | Dec 12, 2005 1:41:41 PM

A new generation of computer climate models indicates there are limits to the planet's ability to absorb increased emissions of carbon dioxide.

Posted by: NewsBlaze | Aug 4, 2005 11:36:50 PM

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