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The Alliance for a Clean Environment is concerned about the quantity of sulfur dioxide pollution. You have been asked by the Alliance to investigate the impact of sulfur dioxide and other aerosol emissions in your area. If you determine that there is a problem, your report should provide appropriate recommendations.

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Image of Module 1 header. Aerosols and Clouds.

It is well known that the increase of industrial practices has had a negative impact on the environment. The surface temperature of the earth is estimated to have increased between 0.5 and 1°F in the past 100 years.

One of the areas targeted by the Consortium for Clean Air (CCA) is the smokestack industry and power plants. Spokespersons for these industries refute the claim about adverse effects. They state that aerosols from coal burning plants and heavy industry actually produce an atmospheric cooling effect. Your task is to determine if aerosols from these industries make a significant contribution to reducing the global warming trend.

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These problem-based learning modules are for grades 5-12. Image of a volcano that links to the Effects of Aerosols resources. Image of an island that links to the Global Warming resources. Image that links to the Aerosols resources. Image that links to the Global Warming resources. Image that links to the Effects of Aerosols resources. Image that links to the Cloud Formation and Aerosols resources. Image of a sun that links to the Radiant Budget resources. Image of clouds that links to the Cloud Formation and Aerosols resources. Image of a factory that links to the Aerosols resources.


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CALIPSO is a collaboration between NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC), the French space agency CNES, Hampton University, the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL), and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. The primary roles and contributions of these partners can be found at http://www-calipso.larc.nasa.gov. This mission is part of NASA's Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) Program, a series of missions designed to examine critical issues in Earth system science.

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CALIPSO Outreach Director: Dianne Q. Robinson
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Last Updated: August 18, 2006
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