Scientists Say To Reduce the Climate Change Impact of Jetliners

Experts are trying to improve the ways to avoid pollution through electric engines, green fuels, and other aircraft that have a not so adverse effect on our home planet when it comes to the environmental harm of flying.

What if there is a more simple idea that could change the way things have been done so far? New research brings to light a new move that could help existing flights the environmental impact of flying significantly.

Scientists Say To Reduce the Climate Impact of Jetliners

A group of scientists at Imperial College London has conducted research, and their results look very promising. Changing the flying altitude could be the key to reduce the aviation damage. Lowering the flying height by a few couples of thousand feet on 2% of all flights planned could lessen the damage by 59%.

The eradicating airplane contrails cause the aviation damage, the white streaks visible on the sky after an airplane is passing by. The damaging effects are: the colling effect stopping the heat coming from the Sun and vice versa, stoping the heat from Earth to escape.

“So if we were to stop producing contrails, the effect of contrails would go away the next day,” says Marc Stettler, who worked on the new study. “It’s a way that the aviation industry can really quickly address its impact on climate change.”

The new study’s idea shows that “you can make these minor modifications to the altitude of a flight, and avoid that flight from forming a contrail,” according to Stettler.

The Study Process

Together, the team of scientists has tried to come to their possible outcome with the help of computer simulations. They accessed the data available on aircraft flying in Japanese airspace in order to test what will happen if the plane aircraft flew higher or lower than how they usually are.

What happens if the aircraft’s path is changed? It affects its fuel consumption by increasing the amount. However, the goods news is that it only increases by 0.1%.

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