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Rising carbon dioxide means more air turbulence

Rising carbon dioxide means more air turbulence

More jarring flights are likely, simulation suggests

10:05am, April 8, 2013

The friendly skies are becoming the bumpy skies. As carbon dioxide emissions increase, so too will the prevalence and power of the turbulence that strikes fear in the hearts of white-knuckled airline passengers, a new computer simulation suggests.

Paul Williams of the University of Reading in England and Manoj Joshi of the University of East Anglia in England simulated air turbulence at cruising altitudes for transatlantic flights between North America and Europe during winter. Moderate to severe turbulence would be 40 to 170 percent more frequent in a world that had twice as much atmospheric CO2 as preindustrial times

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