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Pollutants Decrease(!) And Not Increase Global Warming: Study Finds

aerosols in the aireflect sunlight

Scientists have been warning these days that global warming due to pollutants may lead to the rise in sea level and other environmental disasters. But, a new finding has defied this concept claiming that future rises in sea level and other environmental consequences have been underestimated! And to add to the surprises the finding cook up, it is claimed that cutting air pollution could trigger — and not reduce, — a greater surge in global warming.

After investigating the effect of fine particles known as aerosols on climate change, researchers warns that Aerosols, being so light remain aloft for long periods, where they cool the Earth by reflecting radiation from the sun back out to space. Aerosols are particles smaller than one hundredth of a millimeter, and are churned out from factory chimneys, from the burning of fossil fuels and forest fires, although sea salt and dust particles swept up by desert storms add to levels detected in the atmosphere.

The researchers further explain that higher levels of aerosols lead to the formation of brighter clouds made up of smaller water droplets. And this reflects still more of the sun’s warming radiation. So, improving air quality by cutting down on aerosols means — the Earth will in future be less shielded against the sun’s rays.

Via: The Guardian