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Rising Air Pollution Worsens Drought, Flooding, UMD-led Study Shows
November 13, 2011
Increases in air pollution and other particulate matter in the atmosphere can strongly affect cloud development in ways that reduce precipitation in dry regions or seasons, while increasing rain, snowfall and the intensity of severe storms in wet regions or seasons, says a new study by a University of Maryland-led team of researchers. The research provides the first clear evidence of how aerosols can affect weather and climate, with important economic and water resource implications.
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