Should We Be About Aerosols Not Ozone

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Climate change is one of the central topics in current environmental research. Earth‘s climate is highly dependent on the atmospheric radiative balance. However the atmosphere itself is dependent on the solar radiation input and output, clouds, the abundance and distribution of trace gases and aerosols. Aerosols are the globally distributed specks of matter that can be described based on their shape, size and chemical composition. Despite their relatively small size these globally distributed specks or particles when found in the atmosphere have the ability to strongly influence both the transfer of radiation energy and special distribution of latent heating thus influencing the weather and climate.

Aerosol particles originate from a wide variety of natural and anthropogenic sources. Aerosols can be grouped into primary and secondary particles. The primary particles are directly released from sources such as the incomplete combustion, volcanic eruption, human activities and wind-driven suspension of soil, dust, sea salt and biological material. While the secondary particles form within the atmosphere by interaction of the already existing particles. Depending on their density aerosols have a potential to reach as far as the stratosphere where majority of the ozone is found. Although majority of the ozone is found in the upper part of the atmosphere, it is still vital for human well-being. Ozone functions to protect…

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