15 Nov '11, 6pm

Air pollution linked for first time to droughts and major storms

Air pollution linked for first time to droughts and major storms

RELATED ARTICLES Floods, Droughts, and Air Pollution November 15, 2011 01:51 PM Workweek fumes may make some weekends drier February 1, 2008 05:45 PM Drought crippling southwest China March 26, 2010 06:50 AM Cloud Formation August 26, 2011 11:35 AM /climate/article/43564 A groundbreaking new study has found an increase in air pollution can reduce rainfall in drought-affected regions and worsen the severity of storms in wet regions or seasons. ADVERTISEMENT Researchers have discovered that increases in air pollution and other particulate matter in the atmosphere can strongly affect cloud development in ways that reduce precipitation in dry regions or seasons. This while increasing rain, snowfall and the intensity of severe storms in wet regions or seasons, according to results of a new study. The research provides the first clear evidence of how aerosols - soot, dust and ot...

Full article: http://www.enn.com/climate/article/43564

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