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Pollution Keeps Rain up in the Air

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3:05pm, September 13, 2002

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow falls heavily in extremely polluted areas, suggests a new study. Scientists modeling cloud systems have debated whether air pollution tends to increase or decrease precipitation. New evidence from satellites now indicates that aerosols—pollution made up of fine, airborne particles—have a dampening effect on rainfall.

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