Integrated model shows that atmospheric brown clouds and greenhouse gases have reduced rice harvests in India.


Journal Article

Previous studies have found that atmospheric brown clouds partially offset the warming effects of greenhouse gases. This finding suggests a tradeoff between the impacts of reducing emissions of aerosols and greenhouse gases. Results from a statistical model of historical rice harvests in India, coupled with regional climate scenarios from a parallel climate model, indicate that joint reductions in brown clouds and greenhouse gases would in fact have complementary, positive impacts on harvests. The results also imply that adverse climate changes due to brown clouds and greenhouse gases contributed to the slowdown in harvest growth that occurred during the past two decades.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Auffhammer, M; Ramanathan, V; Vincent, JR

Published Date

  • December 8, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 103 / 52

Start / End Page

  • 19668 - 19672

PubMed ID

  • 17158795

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17158795

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1091-6490

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.0609584104


  • eng