New Effect of Climate Change: Bumpy Flights
North Atlantic winds are getting worse, study says
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2013 5:00 PM CDT
Not a smooth ride.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Already annoyed by airplane turbulence and flashing seat-belt signs? Those bumpy rides will get significantly worse over the North Atlantic in years to come, according to a new study. A British research team has found that climate change will probably intensify North Atlantic winds that were already growing stronger. That means flights between the Americas and Europe will only get bumpier or be forced to take costly detours around turbulent areas, the BBC reports.

"Fuel costs money, which airlines have to pay, and ultimately it could of course be passengers buying their tickets who see the prices go up," said a co-author of the study. Using a supercomputer, the researchers found that by the 2050s, North Atlantic turbulence could grow by 10% to 40%, and the area of turbulent winds could expand by up to 170%. See the full study at Nature Climate Change. (Or read about a national call for climate-change education.)

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Apr 19, 2013 11:15 PM CDT
The intelligent and dynamic Howard Hughes was first to say that flying above the weather would greatly enhance passenger flying. What would happen if we went just a little bit higher and restructured routes to further save fuel. Give us all a break. Don't we think that it's high time we stop calling oil a fossil fuel? The Earth regenerates the oil. Drilling, fracking and permeation keeps the magical fluid flowing....forever and ever. We have the technology to use Hydrogen, much like the Space Shuttle engines fired that special blue haze lifting the shuttles along with their solid fuel boosters into outer space. We don't use hydrogen because instead of gasoline we would be pumping water into our tanks. How would they tax the water?...as it is now, we all pay approximately 50 cents of every gallon of gas to the treasury. That is everyone, illegal and legals alike. 1942
kumatose
Apr 14, 2013 8:03 AM CDT
What would happen if Solar got the same US taxpayer subsidies as fossil fuels??? http://cleantechnica.com/2010/10/21/what-if-solar-got-the-same-subsidies-as-coal/
myflap.blow
Apr 14, 2013 7:14 AM CDT
could be good news for mile-high clubbers!