COSEE Ocean Systems: News
How mysterious molecules may help cool Earth
Description: Elusive molecules in the Earth's atmosphere may be helping to cool the planet more efficiently than scientists previously thought. They are called Criegee intermediates, and are short-lived molecules that form in the Earth's atmosphere when ozone reacts with alkenes (a family of organic compounds). While scientists have known about the intermediates for decades, they haven't been able to directly measure how the molecules react with other atmospheric compounds until now. [Source: MSNBC]
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Source: MSNBC
Publish Date: 1/12/2012
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