global brightening


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global brightening

n.
An increase in sunlight reaching the surface of the earth caused by a decrease in light-absorbing compounds in the earth's atmosphere.
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But anti-pollution efforts in the industrialized West, along with the 1990s economic crash in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, curbed the release of aerosols in the northern temperate zone, and that appears to have led to overall global brightening in the last decade or so.
And humanity's continuing hunger for dirty energy is likely to smother any global brightening trend.
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