Climate change might make flights longer

Chad Serrate:


A recent study suggests that transatlantic could lengthen and have double the turbulence due to climate change. The main idea is that as CO2 is doubled, the jet stream winds strengthen which has a direct impact of planes at 35,000 feet. Paul Williams from the University of Reading in the UK has done a study and planes flying eastbound could shorten flights but lengthen in the other direction due to the winds. Basically when its all said and done aircraft’s will be in the air 2000 hours longer for transatlantic flights. The result of this is that it will add 22 million dollars in airline fuel costs. A possible solution would be more innovative ways to streamline the aircraft and make it easier to fly.


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