Clouds hold key to global warming theory

Hecht, Jeff
January 1994
New Scientist;1/22/94, Vol. 141 Issue 1909, p16
Reports on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's discovery of a way to predict the pattern of global warming by taking account of the varying amount of sunlight that clouds reflect back into space. Trend in climate prediction based on the greenhouse effect; Process involved when cloud reflectivity drops; Discrepancy between observed warming and greenhouse predictions.


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