Climate change has started to show its true face. It may cause flight timings to be put off in many areas around the world.
The jet stream lends a tailwind thrust to aircraft which go from the USA to Europe. The way back is slightly slower than usual. However, climate change is the joker in the pack.
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It can cause the winds to blow even harder thereby causing transatlantic airplanes to increase their time in the air by 2000 hours annually.
Also fuel expenditures will increase by millions of dollars which is a huge burden on the airline business. The study was published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
The side effects of increasing the carbon dioxide in the air to twice the previous amount were obvious. They were devastating. And unless we prevent this disaster, which is just waiting to happen from occurring, we will pay the price within the next generation.
The jet stream winds blowing between London’s Heathrow Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport are all set to change for the future. They will become 15% speedier in the winter months. And the other seasons will get similarly affected.
Thus those flights which are headed for London will achieve their journeys in a record time of 5 hours and 20 minutes. However, flights that go to the Big Apple will take 7 hours to reach their destination. Such delays will become the order of the day.
Actually the jet stream is driven by the difference in temperature between the equator and the poles. Also the laws of fluid dynamics play a role in the genesis of the jet stream.
Climate change will play havoc with these temperature differences. And as the computer models show, the future looks bleak for air travel.
Thanks to the extra time spent in the air, flights will burn an additional burden of $22 million in jet fuel on an annual basis. Also 70 million kg worth of carbon dioxide will be let loose into the atmosphere.
This is equal to the toxic waste gases from 7100 residential units. And to think that this is just a bare trailer of what is to come makes one want to cower in fright.
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The jet stream spans the globe and so all flights will be affected. There will be greater air turbulence thus making for bumpier rides. The only solution to this enigma is to build eco-friendly airlines for the future.