Climate Effects of Black Carbon Aerosols in China and India

@article{Menon2002ClimateEO,
  title={Climate Effects of Black Carbon Aerosols in China and India},
  author={S. Menon and J. Hansen and L. Nazarenko and Yunfeng Luo},
  journal={Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={297},
  pages={2250 - 2253}
}
In recent decades, there has been a tendency toward increased summer floods in south China, increased drought in north China, and moderate cooling in China and India while most of the world has been warming. We used a global climate model to investigate possible aerosol contributions to these trends. We found precipitation and temperature changes in the model that were comparable to those observed if the aerosols included a large proportion of absorbing black carbon (“soot”), similar to… Expand
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