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Climate: Bioparticles in dusty air may be key to rain and snow formation

Researchers starting to take nuanced look at chemical composition of aerosols

Staff Report

FRISCO —Scientists have long known that tiny grains of airborne dust are key players in the formation of rain and snow, driving precipitation patterns across the drought-stricken western U.S. 611 more words


Smoke from Russian Fires Over Arctic Sea

From NASA: (satellite image follows) one wonders what this will do to the albedo of sea ice.

Numerous wildfires have dotted the Russian landscape this past summer fire season.  287 more words

Climate News

Microbes, rain, and climate

From the American Chemical Society
Dust — and the microbes hitching rides on it — influences rain, climate

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13, 2014 — Dusty air blowing across the Pacific from Asia and Africa plays a critical role in precipitation patterns throughout the drought-stricken western U.S. 642 more words


Developing Countries to Become Major Climate Change Contributors by 2030—Later Than Previous Estimates

Developed nations have dominated global surface temperature change historically, and according to a new study, they will continue to do so until 2030, when developing nations, particularly the two population giants—China and India—will overtake them.  1,013 more words

The Masaya Experience

OGG member Nikola Rogic writes about a recent visit to Masaya, Nicaragua…

The Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua is persistently active—that is, it erupts constantly—but it does not spew out molten rock; instead, it releases a steady plume of gas continuously. 308 more words

Earth Sciences

Study: Large volcanic eruptions cause drought in eastern China

Via AGU, and the “science is settled” department, once again we learn things we didn’t know about climate.

In most cases, the annual East Asian Monsoon brings heavy rains and widespread flooding to southeast China and drought conditions to the northeast. 637 more words