Natural disasters can be more powerful and destructive than all other forces on the planet. Throughout human history, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other devastating
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
Quick facts about Edmonton
Edmonton, capital of Canada’s Alberta province, sits on the North Saskatchewan River. Its past is recreated at Fort Edmonton Park, a living history museum with an 1846 fort and streets from 1885, 1905 and 1920. The city’s contemporary landmarks include the Royal Alberta Museum, with aboriginal-culture and natural-history galleries, and the futuristic-looking Art Gallery of Alberta, known for its First Nations art.