inbriefclimate | VOL. 12, ISSUE 71, March-April 2012

Asian brown clouds, climate change and reduced rice harvests in India

The combined effects from atmospheric brown clouds (ABC), and of the global increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations are good examples of complex chemical and physical processes at various scales. ABC block a part of the incoming solar radiation and thereby reduce direct warming effects from GHG. Climate change is an ever more serious issue for South Asia, particularly for the agricultural sector where both warming and reduced water availability may severely harm crop productivity. It is crucial to note...

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