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Is climate change going to make flights bumpier?

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Not a fan of turbulence? Better go green.

Asked by: Eddie Lane, Sheffield


Images of the aftermath of turbulence battering an Aeroflot flight to Bangkok earlier in 2017 raised questions about whether climate change might make such incidents more common. And, according to new research by Dr Paul Williams of the University of Reading, the answer is yes.

Computer simulations suggest global warming will create stronger crosswinds in the high atmosphere – making severe turbulence much more likely.


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Robert is a science writer and visiting professor of science at Aston University.


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