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Air pollution containing aerosols causes a cooling effect, yet the climate still warms

"New research shows that the degree to which aerosols cool the earth has been grossly underestimated... However, if this is true then how come the earth is getting warmer, not cooler? For all of the global attention on climate warming, aerosol pollution rates from vehicles, agriculture and power plants is still very high. For Rosenfeld, this discrepancy might point to an ever deeper and more troubling reality. 'If the aerosols indeed cause a greater cooling effect than previously estimated, then the warming effect of the greenhouse gases has also been larger than we thought...'" - Excerpt from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem via ScienceDaily

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