Articles | Volume 19, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 8563–8568, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-8563-2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 8563–8568, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-8563-2019
Peer-reviewed comment
05 Jul 2019
Peer-reviewed comment | 05 Jul 2019

Comment on “Insignificant effect of climate change on winter haze pollution in Beijing” by Shen et al. (2018)

Run Liu et al.

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The recent paper by Shen et al. (2018; referred to hereafter as SHEN) made a sweeping statement on the winter haze pollution in Beijing by claiming an Insignificant effect of climate change on winter haze in Beijing. We argue that the paper contains three serious flaws. Any one of the three flaws can nullify the claim of SHEN.
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