The Hot Zone

Clouds may be key to determining how high temperatures will rise

The kind of clouds in the sky is an important factor in determining surface temperatures, scientists have long known. Low-lying clouds tend to reflect sunlight back into space keeping the climate cooler, while high clouds trap heat. The best estimates on global surface temperatures under climate change varies from an astounding 3.6 to 8.1 degrees F. There’s a difference there big enough to change holiday plans, or alter an ecosystem. It’s the kind of clouds in the sky that matter in all... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on December 3, 2010 No Comments »
Category : Climate Science and Scientists


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