A recent study came to the conclusion that Asian pollution could be affecting storms. The pollution could even be affecting the winter storms in the Pacific.
The author of the study, Yuan Wang, who works for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA, says that the track of Pacific storms is a key to the world’s weather patterns. The abnormal weather of the northern hemisphere’s mid-latitudes could be due to this storm track. The publication referred to as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed the results of this ten-year research project.
There have been reports of high levels of Asian pollution that could be affecting Pacific storms. The American Embassy in Beijing has reported elevated levels of particulate matter. That amount of pollution is 18 times more than what the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends. The local government warned people to stay indoors. A report at that time said that the Indian capital might have worse pollution than the Chinese capital.
Wang and other scientists warn that the elevated levels of Asian pollution are starting to become an international problem. These scientists think that too much of anything is not good in any circumstances. People can seed clouds to make it rain. If people seed too many clouds, it could change the climate.
This study that shows Asian pollution affecting Pacific storms came to its conclusion by looking at simulated models base on data that came from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These models show that pollution is going from Asia to the Pacific and altering the track of Pacific storms. These scientists believe their conclusions to this study could apply to other parts of the world.
Asian pollution affects the Pacific storms as well as people. People will feel the long-term health impact of pollution. It could cause people to have a weakened immunity system. The incidences of cancers, heart disease, stroke and breathing problems are increased. More kids get asthma and the quality of life for many kids is impaired by pollution. People should be educated in the health effects of pollution and should do more to reduce pollution in Asia.
One of the biggest sources of Asian pollution is China. Due to its booming economy, China has built numerous coal-fired plants. 80% of China’s electricity comes from coal. These coal plants are the main contributor of pollution in Beijing and surrounding areas. The coal plants are the cause of the increase in asthma and premature death in children.
Asian pollution has caused further changes in the weather patterns of Asia. Studies have shown that the monsoon season is delayed the pollution. Scientists have noticed that it weakens the Indian monsoon as well as causing drought in northern China. The pollution has moved the monsoons southward and when it does rain, the monsoons are getting more intense. Snows in the Himalayans are retreating. Glaciers and snow packs are melting. Asian pollution is raising temperatures and causing rain and snow earlier than they accustomed to. This melting of the snow could cause floods in some parts of Asia.
Asian pollution is affecting the storm track of Pacific storms. The health of people and the weather in Asia are being changed by the pollution as well.
By Tom Clark