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Arneth et al. 2009

Arneth, A., N. Unger, M. Kulmala, and M.O. Andreae, 2009: Perspectives: Clean the air, heat the planet? Science, 326, 672-673, doi:10.1126/science.1181568.

The push toward cleaner air in Beijing before the 2008 Olympic Games was a vivid reminder of the need to control air pollution, not only in Asia but in many regions of the world. There is mounting evidence for particle- and ozone-related health effects. Furthermore, ozone and aerosol particles affect Earth's radiation balance: Many aerosols cool the atmosphere (a negative forcing), whereas ozone and black carbon aerosol have a warming effect (a positive forcing). There is thus a strong motivation for treating air pollution control and climate change in common policy frameworks. However, recent model studies have shown that changes in pollutant and precursor emissions, atmospheric burden, and radiative forcing are not necessarily proportional. Furthermore, as Shindell et al. report on page 716 of this issue, current models do not capture many of the complex atmospheric processes involving aerosols and reactive trace gases.

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  author={Arneth, A. and Unger, N. and Kulmala, M. and Andreae, M. O.},
  title={Perspectives: Clean the air, heat the planet?},

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ID  - ar02100q
AU  - Arneth, A.
AU  - Unger, N.
AU  - Kulmala, M.
AU  - Andreae, M. O.
PY  - 2009
TI  - Perspectives: Clean the air, heat the planet?
JA  - Science
VL  - 326
SP  - 672
EP  - 673
DO  - 10.1126/science.1181568
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