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How wildfires affect climate

Mark Flanner, assistant professor of atmospheric science, says that whether the ultimate effect is warming or cooling varies, as does how long these impacts last. | Short Read

Forest fires can affect the Earth’s climate in several ways. They release greenhouse gases. They send soot and other aerosol particles into the atmosphere. And they change how the Earth’s surface reflects sunlight, especially in areas where snow falls.

Mark Flanner, assistant professor of atmospheric science, says that whether the ultimate effect is warming or cooling varies, as does how long these impacts last. The greenhouse gases are very long-lived, on the order of a century, while the smoke effects are short-lived, lasting roughly a week.

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U-M researchers to help unravel Mercury, solar system mysteries

In ESA's BepiColombo mission, an examination of the particles in Mercury's upper atmosphere will shed light on what the planet is made of. | Medium Read