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NOAA’s observations help EPA track emissions of a family of greenhouse gases

NOAA’s observations help EPA track emissions of a family of greenhouse gases

NOAA atmospheric measurements are helping to support a national inventory of emissions from an important family of greenhouse gases.

April 22, 2022 0 Comments
Background ozone burdens Las Vegas’ air quality in spring

Background ozone burdens Las Vegas’ air quality in spring

High background levels of ozone pollution make it hard for Las Vegas and other southwestern cities to meet US air quality standards in spring, two NOAA studies find.
But local pollution sources drive summer's high ozone days.  

 


 

 

 

February 23, 2022 0 Comments
Scientists recommend a system of checkpoints to help guide climate engineering research

Scientists recommend a system of checkpoints to help guide climate engineering research

As research into engineering techniques that might one day be employed to artificially cool the planet advances, some scientists are calling for adoption of an oversight framework to guide what to study... and when to stop. 

January 20, 2022 0 Comments
Smoke from wildfires influences ozone pollution on a global scale

Smoke from wildfires influences ozone pollution on a global scale

New NOAA analysis of a ground-breaking global atmospheric airborne research mission shows that smoke from biomass burning substantially contributes to one of the most common and harmful constituents of urban air pollution: ozone. 

January 10, 2022 0 Comments
This solar geoengineering idea has a Goldilocks problem

This solar geoengineering idea has a Goldilocks problem

Marine cloud brightening, a geoengineering approach to cooling the surface of the Earth by increasing the reflectivity of marine clouds, may be more difficult to execute than anticipated, according to a new NOAA study. 

October 13, 2021 0 Comments
Fragrant consumer products a key source of ozone-forming pollution in New York City

Fragrant consumer products a key source of ozone-forming pollution in New York City

New research from NOAA finds that fragrant personal care products - the stuff that makes you smell good - are now responsible for a significant amount of the ozone pollution known as smog that plagues major urban areas.

August 3, 2021 0 Comments
Earth has two different stratospheres, and aviation may be to blame

Earth has two different stratospheres, and aviation may be to blame

Findings of a new study of aerosols in the remote atmosphere finds that the northern stratosphere is significantlly more polluted than the south. Analysis of the aerosols suggests aviation is to blame. 

June 30, 2021 0 Comments
Study of wildfire plumes provide insights into methods that might cool the planet

Study of wildfire plumes provide insights into methods that might cool the planet

The dynamics that lift smoke from large wildfires into the upper atmosphere could potentially be employed one day to help temporarily cool the planet, based on the findings of a modeling study led by NOAA scientists. 

May 14, 2021 0 Comments
Giant Australian bushfire injected 1 million tons of smoke in the atmosphere

Giant Australian bushfire injected 1 million tons of smoke in the atmosphere

Massive high-altitude clouds of smoke warmed the Southern Hemisphere's stratospshere by about 1 degree Celsius for six months, and likely contributed to the large and persistent ozone hole that formed over Antarctica during the austral spring.

April 15, 2021 0 Comments
Emissions of a banned ozone-depleting gas are back on the decline

Emissions of a banned ozone-depleting gas are back on the decline

New analyses of global air measurements show that five years after an unexpected spike in emissions of the banned ozone-depleting chemical chlorofluorocarbon CFC-11, they dropped sharply between 2018 and 2019. 

February 10, 2021 0 Comments
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