In today's edition of climasanity, a new paper suggests the earth actually warmed last year because of the lack of pollution.
Geophysical Research Letters said that the planet warmed .05ºF because it had fewer "cooling aerosols," or particles in the air that reflect the light of the sun.
Here are a few examples of such aerosols:
"Cleaning up the air can actually warm the planet because that (soot and sulfate) pollution results in cooling," said Andrew Gettelman of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the lead author of the study.
The fewer aerosols from pollutants "causes a dimming of clouds and reduced clear-sky scattering," which allows more radiation from the sun to hit the surface.
Gattelman added: "Clean air warms the planet a tiny bit, but it kills a lot fewer people with air pollution."
That's good, but where do we go from here? Seems as though we're darned if we do and darned if we don't. It's almost like all of our human activity isn't going to effect squat, although Joe Biden has assured me that windmills and solar panels are the answer.
I mean, that's not me talking – even by spending tens of trillions of dollars and tanking world economies through the Paris climate deal, they admit we'd only offset such change by a fraction of a degree over the next century.