Climatologists admit wildfire smoke is already COOLING the planet, just as volcanoes do

(Natural News) Is it possible that carbon, which is often blamed as the cause of global warming, is actually a contributor to global coolingA new study by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) says the answer is yes, showing that the brown carbon releases from wildfires act as a protective shield to help minimize the impact of solar radiation on the planet.

It almost seems counterintuitive, as wildfires produce immense amounts of heat that are released directly into the atmosphere. But the amazing reality is that the carbon particles produced by the burning of trees and other organic matter are capable of traveling upwards into the higher levels of the earth’s atmosphere, effectively diverting the sun’s rays and thus their heat output.

Published in the May 22 issue of the journal Nature Geoscience, the study, which was sponsored by the NASA Radiation Sciences Program and the NASA Tropospheric Composition Program, confronts the prevailing narrative that all carbon is evil and must be stopped if Earth stands a chance at survival.

After analyzing air samples collected from the upper troposphere ­– roughly seven miles up from Earth’s surface – in 2012 and 2013 by NASA aircraft, researchers from GIT discovered high levels of brown carbon. Brown carbon, in case you didn’t know, is the residue produced from the incomplete combustion of grass, wood, and other biological matter during wildfires.

This brown carbon, which is distinct from the black carbon produced by the complete burning of fossil and biomass fuels, has a unique ability to travel with the clouds into the higher levels of the atmosphere. According to the study, the deep convection forces inside clouds capture and carry brown carbon and disperse it in areas that partially block sunlight, which effectively cools the atmosphere.

“The surprise here is that the brown carbon gets promoted when you go through the cloud, compared to black carbon,” says Athanasios Nenes, a professor and Georgia Power Scholar at the School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. “This suggests that there may be in-cloud production of brown carbon that we were not aware of before.” (Related: To keep up with the latest in climate change news, visit ClimateScienceNews.com.)

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