15 Nov '11, 5am

New Study Links Air Pollution to Extreme Weather

New Study Links Air Pollution to Extreme Weather

The harmful effects of air pollution on the human body are well documented, from causing brain damage to increasing the risk of heart attacks, but it turns out that it can put people under the weather in more ways than one. According to a new study from University of Maryland researchers, higher levels of airborne particulates has been linked to more intense weather manifesting as flooding and drought. The findings are the first of their kind to indicate that air pollution doesn't merely dirty the sky, it can actually change the climate too. The results of the study , which appeared in the journal Nature Geoscience today, are considered an important revelation towards managing the increasingly taxed water resources throughout the world. Scientists have suspected that pollution from airborne dust and soot play a role in cloud development, but a recent pairing of observed we...

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