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From the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

“Warming hole” delayed climate change over eastern United States

April 26, 2012

50-year model suggests regional pollution obscured a global trend

CONTACT: Caroline Perry, (617) 496-1351

Cambridge, Mass. – April 26, 2012 – Climate scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have discovered that particulate pollution in the late 20th century created a “warming hole” over the eastern United States—that is, a cold patch where the effects of global warming were temporarily obscured.

While greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane warm the Earth’s surface, tiny particles in the air can have the reverse effect on regional scales.

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