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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-15285-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-15285-2020
Research article
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09 Dec 2020
Research article |  | 09 Dec 2020

Weaker cooling by aerosols due to dust–pollution interactions

Klaus Klingmüller, Vlassis A. Karydis, Sara Bacer, Georgiy L. Stenchikov, and Jos Lelieveld

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Particulate air pollution cools the climate and partially masks the greenhouse warming by reflecting sunlight and enhancing the reflection by clouds. The intensity of this cooling depends on interactions between pollution and desert dust within the atmosphere. Our simulations with a global atmospheric chemistry-climate model indicate that these interactions significantly weaken the cooling.
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