Seeded With Pollution
Renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography climate and atmospheric scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan describes CARDEX, his latest project studying how air pollution influences cloud formation, a key unknown in the understanding of climate. The project takes place in the Maldives, a country south of India consisting of more than 1,200 islands to which much of the polluted air from South Asia travels at certain times of the year. Because of the optimal location of the islands, Ramanathan has used the islands as a base for many of his field projects starting with the 1998-99 INDOEX campaign.
In this video, Ramanathan also discusses how his research to date influenced a new multi-nation action to control air pollution around the planet. The move could not only delay the worst consequences of climate change but possibly save millions of lives and improve crop yields.
Provided by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography