Read the full story in Environmental Protection Magazine.
The formation of clouds is affected by the lightness or darkness of air pollution particles. This also impacts Earth’s climate, scientists with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have determined.
In a study published on July 13 in the online edition of Science, researchers explain why aerosols — tiny particles suspended in air pollution and smoke — sometimes stop clouds from forming and in other cases increase cloud cover. Clouds not only deliver water around the globe, they also help regulate how much of the sun’s warmth the planet holds. The capacity of air pollution to absorb energy from the sun is the key.
The full citation for the article in Science is:
Yoram J. Kaufman and Ilan Koren. “Smoke and Pollution Aerosol Effect on Cloud Cover.” Science (Published Online July 13, 2006)