Global picture of greenhouse gases emerges from research flights

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    Global picture of greenhouse gases emerges from pole-to-pole research flights | R&D Mag

    The far-reaching field project, known as HIPPO, ends this week (September 9, 2011), and has enabled researchers to generate the first detailed mapping of the global distribution of gases and particles that affect Earth's climate.

    The team also found that black carbon particles—emitted by diesel engines, industrial processes, and fires—are more widely distributed in the atmosphere than previously thought.

    Such particles can affect climate in various ways, such as directly absorbing solar radiation, influencing the formation of clouds or enhancing melt rates when they are deposited on ice or snow.

    "What we didn't anticipate were the very high levels of black carbon we observed in plumes of air sweeping over the central Pacific toward the U.S. West Coast," says NOAA scientist Ryan Spackman, a member of the HIPPO research team.

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    How Republicans hate that awful word "Research". Well, they could put Republican scientists on figuring out ways to "deny". There many not be many, but the few that there are, are very well unknown.
     
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    So China's crud is polluting the U.S.
    Great.
     
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    Been that way for a while.

    http://www.atmos.washington.edu/jaffegroup/publications/116400a.pdf

    China's mercury flushes into Oregon's rivers
    Contaminant - A fifth of the poisonous metal found in the Willamette is from outside North America
    Friday, November 24, 2006
    The Oregonian
    The inky smoke belched by chimneys in Chinese cities such as Linfen and Datong contains mercury, a
    metal linked to fetal and child development problems. Trace amounts of the poison can take less than a
    week to reach Oregon, where research suggests that about one-fifth of the mercury entering the Willamette
    River comes from abroad -- increasingly from China.
    Mercury and other airborne contaminants collect over China during the winter and spring until Siberian
    winds arrive bearing dust from expanding Chinese and Mongolian deserts. Every five or six days, the winds
    flush out eastern China, sending dust and pollutants such as ozone precursors high over the Pacific, says
    Russ Schnell, observatory and global network operations director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
    Administration.
    "The ozone on the West Coast in a few years will be controlled not by California and Oregon," Schnell says.
    "It will be controlled by China." The incoming pollution bucks a U.S. trend toward cleaner skies and water.
     
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    Republicans want that for us. Think of all the low paying jobs.
     
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    So does Obama. He's owned by those same corporate interests. You can't deny that.
     
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    Gosh, that reads almost as bad as hydraulic fracturing in the U.S.

    But aren't you the same guy that's touted China's advancements in solar achievements?
     
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    What happened to your thread about CO2 attracting asteroids?
     
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    Oh please. I thought Republicans were owned by corporations and democrats by unions.

    When CEOs give 9 to 1 to Republicans, but the people who work there, janitors and secretaries, give 9 to 1 to Democrats, there is indeed a huge difference. Is there anyone who can't understand that? It's so "obvious".

    Don't forget the Republican Party being 90% white. That also makes a difference.

    See, everything is actually complex, not "simple".
     
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    H, they are doing both. Hedging their bets.
     
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    Prove it.
     

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