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Smog From Asia Makes Storms Stronger

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Smog From Asia Makes Storms Stronger

Pollution from Asia may be making the world’s storms, particularly Pacific Ocean cyclones, more powerful, National Geographic reports. Scientists who created a computer model to study the effects pollutants in the air have on weather have found that tiny aerosol particles are crossing the ocean toward North America and changing weather patterns, leading to more precipitation. The study, published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explains that pollutants in the atmosphere can scatter and absorb sunlight, affecting temperature and cloud formation.

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