Chinese pollution drives US freak storms?


According to the UK newspaper The Guardian, air pollution in China might be responsible for altering weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean, leading to an increase in freak weather phenomenon in the US.

The article quotes scientists from Texas, California and Washington, who have used advanced computer models to study how the tiny particles released by pollution in China and elsewhere interacts with the atmosphere.

One of effect of the particles seems to be a change to what is known as the Pacific storm track, which refers to a part of the ocean where storms that later hit the US often originate.

“Mid-latitude storms develop off Asia and they track across the Pacific, coming in to the west coast of the US,” said Ellie Highwood, a climate physicist at the University of Reading told the Guardian.

“The particles in this model are affecting how strong those storms are, how dense the clouds are, and how much rainfall comes out of those storms.”

In other words, burning coal in China can lead to freak storms in the US. Anyone need another reason for looking at man-made climate change?


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