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October 9, 2008

Every Little Bit Helps
Smoke One

You know what I've always loved about aerosol pollution? Its cooling effect! I know, I know - but I'm not the only one who feels this way. And we're going to start really missing it soon, according to a new study out of Germany. In fact, all these worldwide efforts to clean the air will start to warm us even faster if we don't simultaneously [all together now] massively cut carbon emissions. Turns out particulate pollution of all kinds (even sulfur oxides, which cause acid rain) provides a cooling effect. We all remember that cold winter back in 1992 thanks to Mount Pinatubo? In the spirit of Yom Kippur, I think there's only one thing to say: Oy vey!

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