Friday, April 14, 2006


Scientists have discovered that the fragrance given off by pine and spruce forests helps counter global warming:
The particles that carry the forests' olfactory assault also help to cool the planet by bouncing energy from the sun back into space. Now researchers have worked out that the forests produce enough microscopic particles to load the atmosphere around them with 1,000-2,000 particles per cubic centimetre.

The discovery will help plug a big hole in climate change models and so help scientists to make more accurate predictions of global warming from greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane.

Hans-Christen Hansson of the Air Pollution Laboratory in Stockholm, Sweden, said airborne particles are a big unknown factor for climate scientists. "We are afraid we have totally misjudged the trend of climate change because the particles are not in the models in a comprehensive way."
Is it just me or does it seem the more we know about climate change the more we need to know?


Anonymous The_Real_JeffS said...

Goodness, me! A scientist stating that climate change trends have been "misjudged"? Oh, the horrors! The humanity!


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