bneGREEN: Central Asian rain may be caused by Indian, Chinese pollution

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By David Trilling for Eurasianet Despite a devastating drought in recent years, summers in Central Asia and Xinjiang are trending wetter, featuring more heavy storms and flash floods. New research points to a potential cause thousands of miles away. When factories, cars and power plants in the industrial regions of northern India and eastern China burn fossil fuels, they release aerosol sulfates. These particles, such as sulfur dioxide, reflect sunlight, cooling the atmosphere and causing pressure changes that alter established air currents. According to Xiaoning Xie of the Chinese Academy of …

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