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Cloud brightening experiment in California temporarily stopped

Cloud brightening experiment in California temporarily stopped

Local officials in California have halted a cloud brightening experiment due to potential health concerns, as researchers tested a technology to combat global warming by reflecting sunlight.

Christopher Flavelle reports for The New York Times.

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Microplastics are filling the skies. Will they affect the climate?

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For over a decade, the largest scientific uncertainty about how the planet will respond to warming temperatures has come from clouds.
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Solar geoengineering: Can we buy time to heal climate change?

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What is 'cloud seeding'?

Tricking clouds into pouring down rain is one way to fight drought. But the method is not without critics.
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Climate-driven changes in clouds are likely to amplify global warming

New research, using machine learning, helps project how the buildup of greenhouse gases will change clouds in ways that further heat the planet.