Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/16/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Texas A&M scholars says bad air in Asia could be contributing to wild weather patterns in North America

Ripples in the global pond, half a world away, can have effects all over the globe. Researchers at Texas A&M now say that air pollution originating in both India and China, almost certainly affects global weather patterns, particularly in the United States and Canada.

The smog in Asia, it must be noted is caused by more than just the burning of fossil fuels - it's comprised of nitrogen oxides, methane and other volatile organic compounds that combine to produce ozone.

The smog in Asia, it must be noted is caused by more than just the burning of fossil fuels - it's comprised of nitrogen oxides, methane and other volatile organic compounds that combine to produce ozone.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

4/16/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: Asia, India, air pollution, climate change

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The exact size of the effect, researchers say, remains to be seen. They agree that it's only worsening problems already caused by climate change: increasing the intensity and frequency of storms, ice cap melting, sea level rise and drought.

Carbon emissions, or greenhouse gases, all scientists agree, contribute to climate change. The smog in Asia, it must be noted is caused by more than just the burning of fossil fuels - it's comprised of nitrogen oxides, methane and other volatile organic compounds that combine to produce ozone.

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

Using satellite imagery and computer models to illustrate, it was shown that man-made air pollution created in Asia is adversely affecting the Pacific Ocean storm track, which transports weather westward from Asia to the west coasts of the North American continent.

In addition, the pollution is causing an increase in the formation of deep convective clouds, from 20 to 50 percent. The result is more extreme storms, according to the study funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

"This pollution directly affects our weather," Renyi Zhang, professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M and lead author of the study, said in a statement.

"During the past few decades, there has been a dramatic increase in atmospheric aerosols - mostly sulfate and soot from coal burning - especially in China and India," he said.

Prosperity has a price. Both China and India have experienced widespread economic growth in recent years. Large, fulsome factories and power plants, combined with the effects of wood and coal burning stoves in large, urban populations have meant that these countries are among the world's largest contributors of man-made air pollution.

Those toxins ride the Pacific storm track to the west coasts of Canada and the U.S., across North America, and eventually over most of the world, impacting clouds in their wake, which could lead to increased frequency and intensity of storms or even severe droughts.

Soot particles in the form of black carbon can collect on ice packs in the North and South poles, which attracts more heat from the sun and accelerates ice-cap melting.

Melting ice caps results in the release of methane, which exacerbates global warming, and also contributes to accelerated sea level rise.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


More Green

We're not saying it's aliens... Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle SOLVED? Watch

Image of The Bermuda Triangle has been the object of human fascination for centuries.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle may have finally been solved. Scientists studying satellite images of the area noticed something bizarre and have made a discovery that could solve the mystery. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The Bermuda Triangle has been a ... continue reading

California had a big earthquake today, so why didn't anyone feel it? Watch

Image of A still from San Andreas suggests a much more powerful quake and tsunami than is physically possible in California. Still, the Bay Area could experience a 7.9, which is an extremely powerful event.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

We just had an earthquake here in California that sent millions of residents dashing for cover. So why isn't the news telling us how large it was? It's because the earthquake wasn't real. Instead, California just held its annual "Shake Out" statewide earthquake drill. ... continue reading

Gravity map of Earth reveals scary fact about Greenland and sea level rise Watch

Image of The melting ice in Greenland is impacting sea level rise far away in the Southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

New models of Earth's gravity reveal that the melting of Greenland's ice sheet is more significant than previously estimated. The ice sheet is melting faster and impacting sea level rise harder than previously estimated. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A gravity ... continue reading

'This will kill you' Two million flee advance of killer Hurricane Matthew Watch

Image of Hurricane Matthew is a killer storm. Two million U.S. residents have been ordered to evacuate.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

"This storm will kill you," Florida Gov. Rick Scott is warning people to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Matthew. The storm is now leaving the Bahamas and will strike Florida this evening. It is expected to follow a path up the Florida coast. Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas ... continue reading

The one secret thing Californians are terrified of, but will never tell you about Watch

Image of Californians have a fear of high overpasses.

By Marshall Connolly, (California Network)

The elevated risk of the "Big One" in California has subsided, but that doesn't mean Californians should relax. The danger of a major quake in California remains real and experts agree, it is only a matter of time. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - For a seven-day ... continue reading

Matthew becomes Category 5 monster, turns towards US Watch

Image of Hurricane Matthew has become a category 5 storm.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Hurricane Matthew has become a monster category 5 storm, swirling in the Caribbean, headed for the eastern tip of Cuba. Haiti has been hit, but the full extent of damage is unknown. Some communities in South Carolina have been ordered to evacuate. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Matthew forms in the Caribbean and will track over Bahamas. Will Florida be hit? Watch

Image of Tropical Storm Matthew is already creating waves and problems for people across the Caribbean, but no serious damage yet.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Tropical storm Matthew has formed in the Caribbean and appears likely to brush the east coast of Florida. The storm is on track to strike most of the islands in the Caribbean. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Tropical storm Matthew has formed and is taking aim at ... continue reading

Is Friday's Black Moon a sign of the Apocalypse? Watch

Image of The Bible says signs of the end times will be seen in the moon.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An event that some say will usher in the apocalypse is about to take place on Friday. A Black Moon will rise on September 30 over North America, and some think it signals the second coming of Jesus Christ. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A rare Black Moon will ... continue reading

Global Warming: philosopher suggests we stop having babies Watch

Image of Students in China sit for an exam.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Global warming is real and getting worse. There is no more credible scientific debate on this issue. However, there is plenty of debate over how we should approach the problem. One professor has offered a provocative solution, stop having children. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Every town is now a Flint: TWO out of THREE Americans are drinking CONTAMINATED water Watch

Image of Two out of three Americans are consuming this cancer-causing chemical in their water.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Every town is Flint. That's the fear following a report on America's water quality. Many cities and towns have such poor, neglected water infrastructure that millions of Americans are already drinking poisonous water. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Millions of ... continue reading

All Green News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 4:1-6
1 I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you therefore to lead a life worthy ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 [Psalm Of David] To Yahweh belong the earth and all it contains, the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 12:54-59
54 He said again to the crowds, 'When you see a cloud looming up in the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 21st, 2016 Image

St. Hilarion
October 21: Abbot and disciple of St. Anthony the Great, ... Read More