Climate change gets wet

Discover Magazine: One of the most important gases affecting the global climate is both incredibly familiar and persistently mysterious--water vapor. Researchers know that atmospheric water traps heat and insulates the earth, but even after years of intensive study, the magnitude of the effect has remained obscure. By analyzing global water vapor and temperature satellite data for the lower atmosphere, Texas A&M University atmospheric scientist Andrew Dessler and his colleagues found that warming driven by ......

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