Fatty acids released into the air from cooking may contribute to the formation of clouds that cool the climate.
Researchers believe the fatty molecules arrange themselves into complex 3-D structures in atmospheric droplets. These aerosols persist for longer than normal and can seed the formation of clouds which experts say can have a cooling effect on the climate.
Aerosols and the clouds seeded by them, are said to reflect about a quarter of the Sun’s energy back into space.
Before we all head out to the Chippy though it is worth noting that researchers dismiss the idea that cooking fats could be used as a geo-engineering tool to reduce warming. Spoil sports!