Making some flights travel 2,000ft higher could slash climate impact of contrail…
Making just TWO PER CENT of flights travel 2,000ft higher or lower than normal altitude could slash the climate impact of aeroplane contrails by almost 60 per cent
- Majority of troublesome plane-induced clouds are caused by just 2.2%of flights
- These are formed when contrails merge and spread into cirrus natural clouds
- Making 1.7% of flights travel 2,000 feet higher or lower limits contrail formation
- This in turn stops unique clouds from forming and reduces warming affect of contrails by 59.3%
Forcing a tiny percentage of flights to change their cruising altitude by 2,000ft could slash the climate impact of plane contrails by almost 60 per cent, a study reveals.
Research into contrails – the white streams that billow out behind planes and criss-cross the sky – can form clouds which are just as harmful to the environment as carbon dioxide emissions.
The vast majority of these troublesome plane-induced clouds are caused by just 2.2 per cent of flights.
Researchers found that making 1.7 per cent of aircraft fly 2,000 feet higher or lower than…