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Scientists: Attempts to lower temperatures in California will intensify heat waves in Europe

06/24/2024 - 03:19

Efforts to lower high temperatures in California, a state in the western United States, may unintentionally intensify periods of unusual heat in Europe.
American scientists made this claim in a study that was published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

According to Jessica Wang, one of the study's authors, "Our study shows that marine cloud brightening can be very effective for the west coast of the United States if carried out now, but it could cause prolonged periods of dry and hot weather in Europe in the future," as reported by The Guardian.

The study suggests that lowering temperatures in one area of the planet through the practice of geoengineering—a collection of actions intended to intentionally change climate conditions—may have the opposite effect in other regions of the world. 

The authors contend that, contrary to popular belief, it is difficult to fulfill the aims and forecast the impact of these kinds of interventions.


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