Monday, October 07, 2013

Lentil-knitters of the world, unite!

If you haven't seen it, there is a fascinating finding from the CERN CLOUD experiment about the possible effect of amines on cloud nucleation in the upper atmosphere.

Amines are atmospheric vapours closely related to ammonia, and are emitted both from human activities such as animal husbandry, and from natural sources. Amines are responsible for odours emanating from the decomposition of organic matter that contains proteins. For example, the smell of rotten fish is due to trimethylamine. The CLOUD experiment's unique ultra-clean chamber allowed the collaboration to demonstrate that the extremely low concentrations of amines typically found in the atmosphere - a few parts per trillion by volume - are sufficient to combine with sulphuric acid to form highly stable aerosol particles at high rate

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Animal husbandry eh? Maybe that's one small step for climate science, a giant leap for vegans.

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Sackerson said...

Turning flatus into altostratus.

A K Haart said...

Sackers - whoever patents amine absorbing underwear may be on to a winner.

Paddington said...

AK - there are charcoal-lined underwear for sale.

A K Haart said...

Paddington - story of my life, always too slow to profit from the next big thing.

Paddington said...

Me too. I had several ideas which appeared in the business pages about a year later. I think I'm being recorded.