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Wildfires May Cool Warming Arctic

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"Smoke in the atmosphere temporarily reduces the amount of solar radiation reaching the surface," said lead author Robert Stone of the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. The aerosol optical depth (AOD), a measure of the total absorption and scattering of solar radiation by smoke particles, rose one hundredfold from typical values.

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