Study finds that spurt in coal use in Asian countries could weaken monsoon systems.
Effect on Climate
Coal burning, primary source of electric power in Asia.
Human-made sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions - drive up concentrations of sulfate aerosols in the atmosphere
These aerosols not only endanger public health in the region but also contribute to local and global climate change.
The increased aerosol levels would have a large cooling effect throughout the Northern Hemisphere, partially offsetting warming from greenhouse gas emissions (including increased carbon dioxide emissions associated with coal burning).
Significant cooling would also be felt especially in South and East Asia
Impact of sulfates on clouds - lowers surface temperatures indirectly by increasing the clouds’ reflectivity (reflecting sunlight skyward)