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12 March, 2019

Polluted air shortens the lifespan of Europeans by about two years

A re-evaluation of the health risks associated with air pollution shows an unexpected high mortality risk, especially due to cardiovascular diseases

08 March, 2019

The deep Southern Ocean is key to more intense ice ages

Over the last million years, ice ages have intensified and lengthened. According to a new study, this important climate transition coincides with a decrease of the mixing between deep and surface waters in the Southern Ocean....[more]

07 December, 2018

Wildfires bring climate’s dark forcings to the stratosphere

Large amounts of black carbon particles from wildfires reach the stratosphere where they can induce strong local heating and thus influence regional climate

01 November, 2018

Tree of Remembrance and Human Responsibility in the Anthropocene

Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, Max Planck Director Ulrich Pöschl and colleagues remember the deceased scientist Abraham Horowitz with a tree planting in the botanical garden of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

21 September, 2018

A chemical criterion for rating movies

The isoprene concentration in the air is an objective indicator for setting the age rating of films

11 September, 2018

Multiyear Tracking of Atmospheric Radicals

Researchers developed a new method to derive both short-lived atmospheric hydroxyl and chlorine radical concentrations over several years.

05 September, 2018

Scholars discuss the formalization and implications of the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene Working Group holds a meeting at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz

13 August, 2018

The cycling of poisonous chemicals from the past

Monsoon remobilizes phased-out chemicals stored in South Asian soils

09 August, 2018

Investigating global air pollution

The Chemistry of the Atmosphere Field Experiment in Africa of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry has started

30 July, 2018

An increase in Southern Ocean upwelling may explain the Holocene CO2 rise

During the 10 000 years preceding the industrial revolution, there was a small but significant increase in atmospheric CO2 concentrations which may have played a crucial role in stabilizing the climate of the Holocene epoch....