NOAA Scientists: Plumes from Asia contribute up to 20% of surface ozone pollution on US West Coast… closely related to radioactive fallout — Maximum at Los Angeles Basin, southwest

Published: April 6th, 2012 at 7:24 am ET
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Title: Asian emissions contribute to air pollution in western United States: study
Source: PhysOrg
Date: March 2, 2012

[...] To learn more about the mechanisms that transport air pollution across the ocean and determine the effects of Asian air pollution on air quality in the western United States, Lin et al. analyzed in situ and satellite measurements [...]

[...] They find that Asian pollution contributes as much as 20 percent of total ozone during springtime pollution episodes in western U.S. surface air.

[...] in Southern California, the authors estimate that 53 percent of the instances where that limit was exceeded would not have occurred without the contribution from Asian air pollution.

The researchers also find that an index based on satellite observations of Asian pollution plumes could serve as a qualitative early warning indicator, with a lead time of one to three days, of Asian pollution influence on western U.S. air quality.

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Title: Transport of Asian ozone pollution into surface air over the western United States in spring
Source: JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 117, D00V07, 20 PP., 2012 doi:10.1029/2011JD016961
Author: Lin, M., et al. (NOAA)
Date: published 17 February 2012

[...] we examine the mechanisms involved in the transport of Asian pollution plumes into western U.S. surface air through an integrated analysis of in situ and satellite measurements in May–June 2010

[...] a maximum enhancement to ozone occurs over the southwestern U.S., including the densely populated Los Angeles Basin.

[...] Our analysis indicates the potential for Asian emissions to contribute to high-O3 episodes over the high-elevation western USA, with implications for attaining more stringent ozone standards in this region.

[...] using satellite CO column measurements as a qualitative early warning indicator to forecast Asian ozone pollution events in the western U.S. with lead times of 1–3 days.

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Are ozone and radioactivity linked? Here’s a look at follow-up to this report, which will be posted shortly (now posted here):

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20 comments to NOAA Scientists: Plumes from Asia contribute up to 20% of surface ozone pollution on US West Coast… closely related to radioactive fallout — Maximum at Los Angeles Basin, southwest

  • CU Scientists: Asian Air Pollution Affecting Western States

    Jan 20, 2010 … The study is the first link between atmospheric ozone over the U.S. and … and has been working with China to lower its emissions of the chemicals that turn into
    ozone. … that studies like this one make it possible to really control air quality. … Asia's air pollution dousing western United States while ours is …
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/20/cu-scientists-asian-air-p_n_429932.html


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Posted at HP.
    Also at HP Coast Guard Sinks Ryou-Un Maru In The Gulf Of Alaska (VIDEO) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/06/japanese-ghost-ship_n_1407596.html
    C GUARD poured cannon fire into a Japanese ghost ship
    cutter's guns tore holes in the 164-foot Ryou-Un Maru
    The crew pummeled the ghost ship with high explosive ammunition, and the derelict Ryou-Un Maru soon burst into flames, and began taking on water, officials said.
    A huge column of smoke could be seen over the gulf as a Coast Guard


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  • jec jec

    "ASIAN Plume"? Does this also consider the JAPAN plume from Fukushima? The fallout radiation from the emissions has to be affecting our air quality/climate. IF the polution continues, its silly for the USA to try and make up for carbon from other countries by adding extra restictions to our industrys. We are NOT the guards or air quality police for ASIA! We have enuf just to take care of ourselves in this economy. AND when we make industry shut down production in USA due to carbon/pollution..they just go to ASIA. Its not a solution. And then we STILL get pollution. It is ONE world!


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    • ENENews

      "integrated analysis of in situ and satellite measurements in May–June 2010"


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    • Spectrometising

      Particularly if CO2 is not a poison. Agreed jec.
      Interesting how nukes cause Ozone. That's a new one on me.
      I must look into it.


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      "its silly for the USA to try and make up for carbon from other countries by adding extra restictions to our industrys. We are NOT the guards or air quality police for ASIA!"

      Wow. Consequently, Japan is not responsible to take care of the US air quality, is it? And "extra restrictions to our industries?" You mean the EPA trying for 15 years to limit the output of deathly pollutants from the 3rd world standard coal plants? And CO2 is indeed a poison to the world's climate…..

      As you say – it's ONE world. We ALL need to care.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    TEPCO workers quitting due to threats, sense of despair ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/tepco-workers-quitting-due-to-threats-sense-of-despair via @JapanToday


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  • jackassrig

    The window of opportunity to fix this run away freight has long ago closed. If there was ever a plot that needed a twist, this is the one. The logistics of moving men and material would be a nightmare. The site has sunk 13 feet. No hope of getting ships, barges, or anything in or out of this hell hole. Those puny cranes TEPCO has bobbing and swinging around is not going to get it either. The TEPCO building is full of bean counters and managers. The jury is out on these incompetant idiots. In the US, this needs to become a political issue. The candidates need to be forced to acknownledge this disaster. How are we going to protect our food supply and water. These GD politicians only think about raising more money for their campaigns. Japan and the US are joined at the hip. The US is sinking with Japan.


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  • When I drove through CA and AZ and NM in February, radiation doubled on my counter, tripled on the passes. Reading s were higher than back home in OR. Things settled out about halfway across Texas. Getting .10-.15 mcSv in FL.


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    • Bobby1

      Elevation plays a huge role in radioactive deposition. The Longmont detector at a high elevation in Colorado has been showing Fukushima prefecture levels of radiation.

      Why shouldn't it play this role? The radioactive particles are up in the air. When you're a mile high, you are breathing mile-high air.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The researchers also find that an index based on satellite observations of Asian pollution plumes could serve as a qualitative early warning indicator, with a lead time of one to three days, of Asian pollution influence on western U.S. air quality.
    Is this a blanketed warning or what..?


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  • Bobby1

    Up to 90% of the lead in southern California air comes from Asia. This is a small planet… if lead can blow so far, why not strontium, uranium and plutonium?


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    • Fall out man!

      Great point. It shows what an absolute lie it is for the Nuke industry to claim Plutonium is "too heavy" to travel. I see also in those scientific papers about the seasonality of fallout that Japan was monitoring elevated plutonium levels from Chernobyl in their air. That stuff goes right around the globe.


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  • ruth

    When I visited the Grand Canyon in 2005, the guide told us they were concerned about the air pollution and from years of monitoring knew that most of it came from LA and had also measured pollutants from China and steel smelting and other industrial manufacturing wastes.


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    I find it funny in a way how everyone nowadays rants about Asia being the main polluter of the world. Not long ago, when the largest parts of Asia were still considered "devoloping countries", the western world had no problem whatsoever with polluting THEM.
    What goes around comes aorund springs to mind.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I find it interesting that..all of Asia is subtly being blamed.
    It bolsters the "occupation"
    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/05-6
    http://www.marinelink.com/news/asiapacific-increase343538.aspx
    Mabus..Mabus..May Bus..jerk.


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