Author: Bob Yirka

Computer models show heat waves in north Pacific may be due to China reducing aerosols

Source(s): PhysOrg, Omicron Technology Ltd

In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes how they used several and various factors that allowed them to find patterns that might be linked to the reduction of aerosols emitted into the atmosphere by China.

Over the past decade, the north Pacific has experienced multiple , leading to fish die-offs, toxic algae blooms and missing whales. Such heat waves have been generally attributed to global warming, but to date, no research has been able to pinpoint how could cause such sudden and variable increases in a specific part of the planet.

In this new effort, the research team noted that the onset of the heat waves appeared to follow successful efforts by the Chinese government to reduce from their country's factories. Beginning around 2010, factories and power generating plants in China began dramatically reducing emissions of aerosols such as sulfate, resulting in much cleaner air.

Noting that aerosols can act like mirrors floating in the air, reflecting heat from the sun back into space, and also pointing out that earlier research efforts had suggested that massive reductions of aerosols in one place could lead to warming in other places—they wondered if reductions of aerosols in China might be playing a role in the heat waves that began happening in the north Pacific.


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