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Trans-Pacific Air Pollution

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Science  06 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5489, pp. 65-67
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5489.65

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It is increasingly recognized that air pollution is transported on mid-latitude westerly winds from Eurasia to the Pacific Ocean basin and across to North America. This trans-Pacific pollution reaches North America and may have substantial impacts on ecosystems and climate in the entire Pacific region. In their Perspective, Wilkening et al . report from a recent meeting where researchers attempted to synthesize and evaluate existing knowledge about trans-Pacific pollutant transport.