COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Cows, clouds and climate
Description: Increases of atmospheric aerosol particles cool the planet by reflecting sunlight and by forming smaller but more numerous cloud droplets, which makes clouds brighter and longer-lasting. According to current estimates, about half of all cloud drops are formed on aerosol particles that were 'nucleated' from trace atmospheric vapours. New research shows that show that amines - atmospheric vapours closely related to ammonia - combine with sulphuric acid to form highly stable aerosol particles at rates similar to those observed in the atmosphere. [Source: CERN]
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Source: CERN
Publish Date: 10/7/2013
Reading Level: Basic
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