View Full Version : NASA Finds Smoke Can Choke Clouds

2005-Sep-09, 09:46 PM
SUMMARY: Using data from NASA's Aqua satellite, scientists have found that the smoke from burning vegetation can inhibit the formation of clouds. Until now, scientists thought that smoke particles could serve to cool the planet by shading the surface and reflecting light back into space, but this effect seems less than estimated. In fact, wherever there's smoke, cloud cover is significantly reduced, so light reaches the surface and is absorbed by the Earth, creating a warming effect.

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