Citizen ScientistTHE SECRETS OF MONITORING ATMOSPHERIC HAZEMAKE A MEASURING INSTRUMENT WITH AN OLD VIDEO CASE AND $20 WORTH OF PARTS.

By Dr. Shawn

EVEN ON THE CLEAREST OF DAYS, THE atmosphere over our heads buoys up thousands of tons of nature’s crud — pollen, mold spores, microscopic fragments of decayed plants, insect parts, wind-borne dust, water vapor, smoke from forest fires, and volcanic ash — that we collectively call haze. Of course, we humans contribute more than our share as well. Smog is the best-known example of artificial haze.

Although many cities monitor the quality of their local atmosphere, shockingly little is known about how haze is changing globally because, believe it or not, no one is coordinating haze observations around ...

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