Haze Dynasty: In China, Cloud-free Days Do Not Mean Sunshine; Smog Is To Blame, ScienceDaily Bookmark and Share

Excerpts: China has darkened over the past half-century. Where has all the sunshine gone? The usual suspect, at least to a climatologist, would be cloud cover. But in the most comprehensive study to date of overcast versus cloud-free days in China, a team (...) has found that cloud cover has been decreasing for the past 50 years. Eliminating clouds from the dimming equation now leaves little doubt that human activity, in the form of a nine-fold increase in fossil fuel emissions over the same half-century period, has entrenched China in a foggy haze that absorbs and deflects the sun's rays. (...)