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Clouds Can Reduce Temperature Is Overstated, Study Reveals

First Posted: Apr 12, 2016 07:20 AM EDT
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NASA data reveal that clouds won't slow the warming of the Earth as opposed to what was believed in the past, according to researchers. The temperature may increase faster for about 25 percent as the greenhouses gas pollution degenerates.

Salon reported that the new research reveals that climate models have miscalculated the amount of ice in clouds. This means less of it is available to be converted to liquid as the temperature will rise. The more the ice in the clouds, the colder the clouds will be. And when there are full of water, the clouds would be warmest.

PerfScience reports that study was led by Ivy Tan, a geoscientist at Yale. She and her team of researchers concentrated on a type of cloud called "mixed-phase." This is the usual cloud in many places on the planet and occurs in cold places. It contains ice crystals and super cool liquid water.

"When carbon dioxide concentration and temperature rise, then mixed-phased clouds will increase their liquid water content," said Tan. She also said that many models overrated the amount of ice in the mixed-phase clouds.

The researchers also utilized the NASA data to guide the alteration of the notable earth model. They augmented more the liquid and ice to clouds to create more sensible conditions. Since there was less ice, the cloud became brighter as the temperature rise.

Tan explained that the more the liquid in the cloud, the more profound the sunlight. If it is a juicier cloud then the cloud is going to be thicker and denser, so it's going to make the planet warmer with the reflection of the sunlight compared with the more ice in the clouds.

The study reveals that the global warming depends on the amount of carbon dioxide, greenhouses gases and methane that are filled with the atmosphere. It also showed that climate change will get worse than the earlier research had indicated.

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