Aerosol generation after drop impingement on porous media is a three-step process, consisting of bubble formation, bubble growth, and bubble bursting. Image courtesy of Youngsoo Joung

Cool high speed video: Rainfall can release aerosols, study finds

High-speed imaging captures raindrops releasing clouds of aerosols on impact, showing once again that we just don’t know all the sources for aerosols and other climate forcings. From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ever notice an earthy smell in the air after a light rain? Now scientists at MIT believe they may have identified the…

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Satellite captures massive smoke and haze over china

China seems to be ground zero for air pollution these days. From NASA: Smoke and haze hang over a large portion of eastern China in this image captured by the Aqua satellite on October 29, 2014.  China uses the method of “slash and burn” agriculture to rid their fields of leftover plants. Farmers often use…

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‘Superglue’ for the atmosphere

From Goethe University Frankfurt A research group lead by scientists at the Goethe University Frankfurt discover details on how clouds form This news release is available in German. It has been known for several years that sulfuric acid contributes to the formation of tiny aerosol particles, which play an important role in the formation of…

Smoke from Russian Fires Over Arctic Sea

From NASA: (satellite image follows) one wonders what this will do to the albedo of sea ice. Numerous wildfires have dotted the Russian landscape this past summer fire season.  Although not quite as the adage says, although still true, where there’s fire there’s smoke. The smoke in this image has drifted from the Eastern Russian…

Microbes, rain, and climate

From the American Chemical Society Dust — and the microbes hitching rides on it — influences rain, climate SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13, 2014 — Dusty air blowing across the Pacific from Asia and Africa plays a critical role in precipitation patterns throughout the drought-stricken western U.S. Today, a scientist will present new research suggesting that…