Saturday, April 8, 2017, 11:21 AM – If you need to fly, there’s a chance you’ll hit a rough spot. It comes with the territory, and airline passengers have to make do once it happens.
But turbulence can range from a few bumps here and there, to vigorous shaking that can injure passengers, like the 2015 Air Canada flight from Shanghai to Toronto, which was forced to divert to Calgary when it encountered turbulence strong enough to send 21 aboard to hospital.
And in a warming world, such turbulence is only going to get worse — more than twice as bad, if climate change continues unchecked.
Those are the findings of a new study, published last week in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences,that looked at how atmospheric turbulence at cruising altitudes was likely to change as CO2 levels rise.
The researchers found that the most severe, and injurious, turbulence was likely to increase the most, an average 149 per cent. However, that’s just the average