Friday, December 3

60 meters more per decade: global warming is making our troposphere thicker and thicker


We continue to discover more effects of global warming on Earth as data from years of studies can provide conclusions. A recent report has concluded that climate change is causing the troposphere to gain thickness.

The thicker, the more possibility of strong storms

Lets start by the beginning. The troposphere is the lowest layer of the atmosphere, the one that we have attached to the surface of the planet and the one that is at a higher temperature and humidity. In it is the air we breathe and it rises up to about 6 kilometers, at which point after the tropopause we find the stratosphere.

We have been several decades studying the troposphere and we know that phenomena such as Volcanic eruptions or large storms like El Niño modify their thickness, but the most recent data now indicate that much of the growth of the troposphere is due to human action. The more carbon dioxide emitted, the thicker the troposphere becomes. We are going at a rate of 50 to 60 meters per decade, and up to 53 of those extra meters of thickness may be our fault.

What consequences can this increase in the size of the troposphere bring? According to the report we can expect more powerful storms as the years go by, and planes will need to fly a little higher to avoid turbulence. As for direct effects on fauna and flora, fortunately nothing relevant is expected.

Anyway this is another warning: we have not yet discovered all the effects that global warming is having on our planet, and it is possible that we never get to do it. The sooner we slow it down and reverse it, the better.



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