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Turbulent times ahead for air travel?

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18:30 - 20:00


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Scientists are now discovering that climate change and air travel could be having huge impacts on each other.

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Air travel emissions contribute to climate change, but in return rising sea levels threaten coastal airports and extreme weather causes flight delays. Warmer air makes take-off more difficult, flights are more likely to run into clear-air turbulence and a changing jet stream could cost millions in fuel as transatlantic flights are slowed.

We discussed how climate change might affect the future of air travel.

Dr Paul Williams is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Reading.

What is a Café Scientifique?

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Turbulent times ahead for air travel? The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK