FEAR PORN: Climate change is set to cause ‘severe turbulence’ for air passengers worldwide

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Get plane sick? Feel a bit panicky about being 39,000 feet up? Fear the dreaded “turbulence” announcement? Well, thanks to global warming, your ride is likely to get worse.

In the first ever study on turbulence, scientists have found that by the period 2050 to 2080 “severe” bumpiness will become a common thing for flight passengers due to climate change.

The study, published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, states that extreme turbulence is caused by forces that are stronger than gravity and is (cover your ears) strong enough to throw people and luggage around.

Essentially it works like this: global warming increases temperatures and as a result unstable winds at high altitudes in the jet stream are strengthened which creates intense and more frequent turbulence.

It’s going to be hard to avoid too. The researchers found that the most popular destinations are likely to be most affected due to the frequency of the air traffic. They’ve actually said that severe turbulence at a typical cruising altitude is likely to become up to two or three times as common over the the North Atlantic (180% more common), Europe (160% more common), North America (110% more common), the North Pacific (90% more common), and Asia (60% more common).


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