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July 16, 2013
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Hazy days of summer: Southeast U.S. field work measures mercury, smog

Dozens of atmospheric scientists, including three University of Washington faculty members, are taking part in what’s being described as one of the largest atmospheric field campaigns in decades. The six-week Southeast Atmosphere Study, through July 15, includes scientists from more … Continue reading

March 4, 2012
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NASA Finds Sea Ice Driving Arctic Air Pollutants

PASADENA, Calif. – Drastic reductions in Arctic sea ice in the last decade may be intensifying the chemical release of bromine into the atmosphere, resulting in ground-level ozone depletion and the deposit of toxic mercury in the Arctic, according to … Continue reading

October 16, 2011
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U-M ecologist: Future Forests May Soak up More Carbon Dioxide than Previously Believed, Helping to Buffer Climate Change

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— North American forests appear to have a greater capacity to soak up heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas than researchers had previously anticipated. As a result, they could help slow the pace of human-caused climate warming more than most … Continue reading

June 11, 2011
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Air Quality Worsened by Paved Surfaces

*Widespread urban development alters weather patterns* New research focusing on the Houston area suggests that widespread urban development alters weather patterns in a way that can make it easier for pollutants to accumulate during warm summer weather instead of being … Continue reading

November 3, 2010
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Study Improves Accuracy of Models for Predicting Ozone Levels in Urban Areas

*Current computer models may underestimate levels of ground-level ozone* A team of scientists has, for the first time, completely characterized an important chemical reaction that is critical to the formation of ground-level ozone in urban areas. The team’s results indicate … Continue reading