Friday, May 06, 2005

We're Cleaning The Air! Wait, It's A Bad Thing...

From the darned if you do, darned if you don't file:

According the the journal Nature, the Earth's air is getting cleaner and clearer. Twenty years of cleaner skies have led to more of the sun's light and energy reaching the ground. In a real sense, the Earth is becoming brighter. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?

But wait, researchers say that by clearing the air of smog, particulate matter, carcinogens and all other manner of crud, we're harming the planet and ourselves. The clear skies are allowing more of the sun's warmth to reach the ground, increasing the planet's temperature and, in turn, accelerating global warming. I just love this line from the story:

"Researchers will now focus on working out the long-term effects of clearer air."