BBC Flashback: Air pollution stops rain

TV1 Sat, March 8, newsAbove: Image showing aerosols taken from TV One news story, which aired on March the 8th, 2014 regarding the Waikato drought.

BBC  10 March, 2000.  By BBC News Online’s Damian Carrington

Urban and industrial air pollution can stop rain and snow falling, satellite data have revealed.

Daniel Rosenfeld, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, studied satellite images of smog streaming out of power plants, lead smelters, and oil refineries.

He showed that the pollution particles led to abnormally small droplets that were far too small to fall to Earth – the first direct evidence of how pollution affects rainfall.

More: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/672802.stm

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