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Monday, July 4, 2011

A pause in Global Warming linked to sulfur emissions in China


Global warming pause linked to sulfur in China
"Scientists have come up with a possible explanation for why the rise in Earth's temperature paused for a bit during the 2000s, one of the hottest decades on record.


Sulfur particles in the air deflect the sun's rays and can temporarily cool things down a bit. That can happen even as coal-burning produces the that contributes to global warming.
"People normally just focus on the warming effect of CO2 (carbon dioxide), but during the Chinese economic expansion there was a huge increase in ," which have a cooling effect, explained Robert K. Kaufmann of Boston University. He's the lead author of the study published Monday in ."

in PhysOrg.com
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