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CERN experiment sheds new light on cloud formation

15 May 2014, 22:00 UTC
CERN experiment sheds new light on cloud formation CERN

Geneva, 16 May 2014. In a paper published in the journal Science today, CERN1’s CLOUD2 experiment has shown that biogenic vapours emitted by trees and oxidised in the atmosphere have a significant impact on the formation of clouds, thus helping to cool the planet. These biogenic aerosols are what give forests seen from afar their characteristic blue haze. The CLOUD study shows that the oxidised biogenic vapours bind with sulphuric acid to form embryonic particles which can then grow to become the seeds on which cloud droplets can form.
16 May 2014

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