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Pollutants Capture the High Ground in the Himalayas

Science  01 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6123, pp. 1030-1031
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6123.1030

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The Himalayas were long presumed to form a bulwark against airborne pollutants from the Indian subcontinent. How big a punch black carbon and other pollutants may pack in the Himalayas is open to debate, but scientists warn that heavier pollutant loads reaching Himalayan peaks and the Tibetan Plateau beyond could change weather patterns and pollution.

  • * Jane Qiu is a writer in Beijing. Her trip to Pyramid Observatory was supported by a journalism fellowship from the European Geosciences Union.