Booming economies in Asia are affecting world’s weather patterns

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In the first study of its kind, scientists have found that manmade particles from Asia can influence weather over much of the world.

The team, which includes several researchers from Texas A&M University, published its work in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The scientists used detailed pollution emission data compiled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and looked at two scenarios: one for a rate in 1850 – the pre-Industrial era – and from 2000, termed present-day.

By comparing the results from an advanced global climate model, the team found that manmade aerosols conclusively affect cloud formations and mid-latitude cyclones associated with the Pacific storm track.

News coverage:

* “Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger,” National Geographic