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Why winds are slowing

Afforestation and climate change are blamed for stilling surface winds in the Northern Hemisphere.

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  1. Vautard, R., Cattiaux, J., Yiou, P., Thépaut, J.-N. & Ciais, P. Nature Geosci. advance online publication doi:10.1038/NGEO979 (2010).

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Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement at the Université de Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines

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Milton, J. Why winds are slowing. Nature (2010).

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