16 Nov '11, 12pm

2 Views of Aerosols and Climate Change

Aerosols are small particles or droplets suspended in a gas. While consumers tend to think of them as being dispensed from a pressurized container, some are natural and some are produced by pollution generated by humans. Two recent studies suggest that the latter variety plays an important role in the environment, actually changing weather and climate. A study by a team of researchers led by scientists at the University of Maryland indicates that increases in air pollution from construction, power plants and other sources creates more aerosols, which can affect cloud formation in a way that causes drier regions to get even less rain and wetter regions to experience more snowfall, rain and severe weather. Experts say that it is a cautionary lesson for places where rapid development is under way. Such activity is often “accompanied with increases in pollution whose adverse i...

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