Articles Tagged: ozone

IPCC Ignores its Own Findings on Stratospheric Cooling

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is awfully certain that solar activity doesn’t meaningfully impact climate. In fact, their 2014 Synthesis Report Summary for Policymakers offers only one passing reference to solar activity in the entire document. On page 10, the report notes a curious caveat regarding predicted surface temperatures from 2016–2035: “This assumes that there will be no major volcanic eruptions …or unexpected changes in total solar irradiance.”

Government Study Finds Ethanol Plants Contribute to Ozone

A new study concludes those big ethanol fuel refineries could be releasing larger amounts of ozone-forming compounds into the atmosphere than current assessments suggest. Researchers believe the emissions from the chemicals at the major ethanol refineries are many times higher than government estimates.

The costliest EPA rule yet

Environmental Protection Agency has already forced four major industrial projects worth $7 billion in new investment in the Baton Rouge area to be put on hold or redirected elsewhere. These potential investments would have collectively contributed $86 million in wages annually to the local economy and created 2,000 jobs.

Not just rain: thunderstorms also pour down ozone

A new study in Geophysical Research Letters offers for the first time unequivocal evidence that large storms move significant amounts of ozone from the stratosphere down to the troposphere, the lowest part of the atmosphere. The research means that scientists may have to re-evaluate climate models with regard to the transport of ozone. Those models generally do not include the role of thunderstorms, as they deal with larger and longer-range phenomena.

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