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Making Clouds Darker Sharpens Cloudy Climate Models

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Science  20 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5627, pp. 1859-1860
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5627.1859a

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Clouds are the great uncertainty of climate prediction. If researchers could get them more or less right in their models, they could be more definite about how warm it could get this century. Plenty remains wrong with model clouds, but researchers are now fixing a crucial shortcoming.