Source: ClimateViewer News
September 11, 2018
September 11, 2001 Airline Groundings: Contrails Affect Daily Temperature Range
All flights were grounded after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the twin towers. A team of NASA scientists noticed that it got much colder that night than usual. They came to the conclusion that cirrus clouds generated by aircraft contrails were trapping heat at night. This study changed world and sent the airline industry into a tail spin trying to figure out how to deal with their contrail conundrum. It is possible that aircraft contrail induced cirrus clouds are trapping more heat than their CO2 emissions meaning the airline industry could incur hefty carbon tax charges if they don’t create “less warming and more cooling clouds.”
Before 9/11/2001, one could make the argument that contrails creating clouds was just pollution. After this monumental study, scientists and geoengineers have been trying to figure out how to alter jet fuel to create clouds that ONLY cool the planet and have no intention on stopping the creation of artificial clouds or removing these clouds all together.
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