In my on-going efforts to crash my blog’s reading stats through the cunning plan of inducing suicidal ideation in my subscribers, I thought I’d pass on this from Reuters (reporter Gerard Wynn).
(Reuters) – Smoke belching from Asia’s rapidly growing economies is largely responsible for a halt in global warming in the decade after 1998 because of sulphur’s cooling effect, even though greenhouse gas emissions soared, a U.S. study said on Monday.
The paper raised the prospect of more rapid, pent-up climate change when emerging economies eventually crack down on pollution.
World temperatures did not rise from 1998 to 2008, while manmade emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuel grew by nearly a third, various data show.
The researchers from Boston and Harvard Universities and Finland’s University of Turku said pollution, and specifically sulphur emissions, from coal-fueled growth in Asia was responsible for the cooling effect.
Maybe we should all, um, reflect for a minute, on what happens when that artificial albedo is removed? Or not. I want SOME readers, after all…