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A revelation about trees is messing with climate calculations

A revelation about trees is messing with climate calculations

Trees make clouds by releasing small quantities of vapors called “sesquiterpenes.” Scientists are learning more—and it’s making climate models hazy.

Half of Earth’s cloud cover forms around stuff like sand, salt, soot, smoke, and dust. The other half nucleates around vapors released by living things or machines, like the sulfur dioxide that arises from burning fossil fuels.

Trees emit natural volatiles like isoprene and monoterpenes, which can spark cloud-forming chemical reactions.

The team shows that sesquiterpenes are more effective than expected for seeding clouds. A mere 1-to-50 ratio of sesquiterpene to other volatiles doubled cloud formation.

https://www.wired.com/story/a-revelation-about-trees-is-messing-with-climate-calculations/

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