Instead of carbon dioxide, or CO2, creating a blanket that slowly warms the planet, long-term warming happens because a darker surface and more moist air can absorb more of the incoming rays.
UW atmospheric scientists David Battisti and Qiang Fu have been elected fellows of the American Geophysical Union.
Up to half of the recent warming in Greenland and surrounding areas may be due to climate variations that originate in the tropical Pacific and are not connected with the overall warming of the planet. Still, at least half the warming remains attributable to global warming caused by rising carbon dioxide emissions.
Carrying out geoengineering for several decades and then stopping would cause warming at a rate more than double that expected due to global warming.