Study: Climate change to make some flights longer

Study: Climate Change To Make Some Flights Longer
A recently published study has found that flight times will get significantly longer on westbound transatlantic flights and shorter on eastbound journeys due to climate change.

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However, the primary researcher, Paul D. Williams from the University of Reading in the UK, notes, "For reasons that are explained using a conceptual model, the eastbound shortening and westbound lengthening do not cancel out, causing round-trip journey times to increase."

As a result, even without any growth in air travel, his data suggests that aircraft will be flying for 2,000 more hours per year which means 7.2 million additional gallons of burned jet fuel and 154 million more pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

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These figures are based on flight models between New York and London after CO2 levels in the atmosphere are doubled.

The change is projected to cause jet stream winds to get 15 percent faster on the eastbound flight to Europe, particularly during the wintertime.

North-south routes will most likely be exempt from these changes.

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