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Pollutants May Have Held Global Warming At Bay

Scientists have discovered the reason why global warming trends seemed to be locked in stasis between 1998 and 2008: layers of pollutants, particularly sulfur, being spewed into the air by Asian factories in record breaking quantities. The layer of sulfur that formed in the atmosphere counteracted against warming greenhouse gases while reflecting light back into space, thereby staving off the global temperature hike. Read more about it over at Science News.

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July 7th, 2011

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