This Month in EHP: Newly Discovered Atmospheric Oxidant Impacts Climate, Health

My debut in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives arrives this month with a short piece on the discovery of a new atmospheric oxidant by researchers out of Colorado and Finland. The new oxidant, described only as [X] because it is not yet fully understood, has implications for both climate change and human health. [X] oxidizes sulfur dioxide to create sulfuric acid, which contributes to the formation of aerosols, which in turn lead to cloud formation and both scatter and absorb sunlight. Aerosols are also associated with particulate matter in the air, a factor in asthma and other ailments in humans. I'm excited be writing for EHP, and this piece will be followed by a longer feature in January -- which, of course, will be posted here.

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