Extreme air pollution in Asia is affecting the world’s weather and climate patterns, according to a study by Texas A&M University and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers. Atmospheric scientists Yuan Wang and Renyi Zhang have concluded that much of China’s bad air is influencing weather patterns around the world.

Using climate models and data collected about aerosols and meteorology over the past 30 years, the researchers found that air pollution over Asia, much of it coming from China, is impacting global air circulations.

“The models clearly show that pollution originating from Asia has an impact on the upper atmosphere and it appears to make such storms or cyclones even stronger,” Zhang explains. The jet stream and global weather patterns take the bad air across the continents, directly affecting most of the world’s weather, they say.

For more information, see http://today.tamu.edu/2014/01/21/asian-air-pollution-affecting-worlds-weather/.