In the media: The Story Of Aerosols (Science Friday)

Aerosols do play a role in climate change, but not the one you might think. Assistant Professor Rajan Chakrabarty joined Ira Flatow to discuss the complex chemistry of the particles in our air. 

Most people are familiar with the term “aerosol” by way of the spray can. If you were around during the 1970s, you might remember when consumer aerosol products like hair sprays contained chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that depleted the ozone layer. And even though these products have not used CFCs since the late 1970s, the connection between a can of hair spray and a warming planet has erroneously stuck around for decades.