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A study by scientists at Reading University shows an increase in flight turbulence over the years due to a warmer earth.


I am always inspired by the devotion of scientists in various fields to prove to us beyond any doubt the reality of something, provide a solution through innovation and technology advancement, also warn and raise alarm on cause and effects.
One of such amazing studies has been published by BBC about increase of flight turbulence due to climate change resulting in a warmer earth. Scientists at Reading University in the UK studied clear-air turbulence, which is harder for pilots to avoid. They found that severe turbulence had increased 55% between 1979 and 2020 on a typically busy North Atlantic route.
They put the increase down to changes in wind speed at high altitudes due to warmer air from carbon emissions.
"Following a decade of research showing that climate change will increase clear-air turbulence in the future, we now have evidence suggesting that the increase has already begun," said Prof Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Reading who co-authored the study.
"We should be investing in improved turbulence forecasting and detection systems, to prevent the rougher air from translating into bumpier flights in the coming decades.
Prof Williams said the increased turbulence was due to greater wind shear - or differences in wind speed - in the jet stream, a strong wind system blowing from west to east, about five to seven miles above the Earth's surface. It exists largely due to a difference in temperature between the world's equator and poles.
Turbulent flights are not only uncomfortable, but can also cause injuries for those on the flight. Severe turbulence is very rare, but clear-air turbulence can come out of the blue, when passengers are not belted in.
"Nobody should stop flying because they're afraid of turbulence, but it is sensible to keep your seat belt fastened all the time, unless you're moving around, which is what the pilots do," said Prof Williams. "That is almost a guarantee that you will be safe even in the worst turbulence."
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  • Joyce Waturu

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    This is insightful for the aviation industry as it could help remedy any hiccups emanating from climate changes as this piece of research tells it.

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    • We Don't Have Time

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      Dear Tabitha Kimani Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to Scientists' Warning and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Ford We Don't Have Time

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      • Sarah Chabane

        53 w

        Well... maybe that could motivate people to care 🤷‍♀️

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        • Edwin wangombe

          53 w

          Interesting... Thanks for sharing

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          • ance Star

            53 w

            Nice inspiration from the scientists hoping for the best

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