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Scientists Probe Mystery Molecule that Reduces Greenhouse Gases Print
Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00

An international research team has tracked down and measured an elusive molecule that rapidly breaks down pollution in the atmosphere, turning it into clouds that actually help cool the Earth.

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Sandia combustion researchers Craig Taatjes, left, and David Osborn discuss data found from the detection and measurement of Criegee intermediate reactions. The apparatus was used to make the measurements, which researchers believe will substantially impact existing atmospheric chemistry. Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories.