April 29, 2012

The Dirt on Climate Change

The Good News: According to data compiled by Harvard and NASA, the effects of climate change have been delayed on the East Coast of the United States.

The Bad News: The reason for this has been the high levels of particulate pollution (mostly sulfur emissions from coal-burning power plants) in the atmosphere that reflect incoming sunlight.

The Mixed News: Successful efforts to reduce particulate pollution levels in the atmosphere (good news) mean that warming levels on the East Coast are catching up to global averages (not-so-good news).

The Interesting News: China may be about to undergo a similar cycle as they begin serious efforts to tighten pollution standards.

Based on an article by Kate Taylor posted in TG Daily.

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