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DOE Announces Atmospheric Research Projects to Improve Climate Change Predictions; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

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The Department of Energy has selected 22 projects led by 18 universities and two research organizations to receive $14 million in funding to help the government understand Earth’s atmosphere and improve climate change predictions.

DOE said Thursday the research projects will play a critical role in meeting the Biden administration’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

The projects will focus on various research topics including clouds and aerosol effects on solar energy, the impact of aerosols on thunderstorms and interactions of clouds with aerosols and tiny particles suspended in the atmosphere.

“We must expand our understanding of changing weather patterns and equip scientists, researchers, and lawmakers with every possible tool to tackle the climate crisis,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

Research proposals were submitted to a funding opportunity under the Atmospheric System Research program and the awardees were selected through a competitive peer-review process.