Asia's growing cloud. (Updates).
The cloud reduces the amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the Indian Ocean by up to 15 percent. Two hundred UN-backed researchers mapped and studied the cloud. As detailed in an August news conference, the cloud is disrupting weather systems, triggering droughts in western Asia and could seriously affect the region's economic growth. Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric scientist Paul Crutzen stressed the need for greater awareness of the cloud's cause; he pointed out that in Nepal it is dismissed as "morning haze" and not air pollution. CONTACT: Indian Ocean Experiment, (858)534-8815, www-indoex.ucsd.edu.
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