Huh? Could Cleaner Air Be Worsening Global Warming?


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So maybe we shouldn’t try to combat climate change. As I said here, nature always manages to take on a life of its own. Before we knew anything or enough about the physics of fluvial processes, we rushed in to dam up and confine rivers to their banks, only finding later on that our actions caused more harm than good (like increasing flooding upstream or loss of sedimentation downstream) and cost more now than ever to mitigate.

It may seem counterintuitive, but cleaner air could actually be exacerbating global warming trends. The soot and other particles that make up air pollution tend to scatter light back out into space. As countries around the globe have cleaned up their act, there are fewer particles to reflect light, meaning more sunlight is reaching the Earth’s surface and warming it, Martin Wild, a researcher at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, said Tuesday (Dec. 15) here at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

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