Airplane Contrails May Be Creating Accidental Geoengineering

Unintentional or accidental. lol. O.k.

This article was published in 2015 by Smithsonian.com, the official online version of the journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. A quick note, NASA has admitted that the “persistent contrails” created by airplane jet engines can create cirrus clouds. So you can debate all day long whether or not there’s chemicals in these “contrails” or if it’s “accidental”, but what isn’t debatable is that they do form clouds which reduce the amount of sun making it to the surface of our planet, google “global dimming”, and according to NASA studies may INCREASE warming. Not a good scenario, we need sunlight for life on Earth..~TS

Dissipating haze from plane exhaust alters how sunlight reaches the Earth and may be unintentionally affecting our climate

By Sarah Zielinski | Smithsonian

If you go outside on a clear day and look up toward the sun—being careful to block out the bright disk with your thumb—you might see a hazy white region surrounding our star.

This haze is caused by airplanes, and it is gradually whitening blue skies, says Charles Long of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. “We might be actually conducting some unintentional geoengineering here,” Long said at a press conference this week at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Geoengineering involves the manipulation of an environmental process in such a way, usually deliberate, that it affects the Earth’s climate. For instance, previous researchers have proposed combating global warming by intentionally seeding the atmosphere with small particles, or aerosols, to scatter some sunlight and reduce the amount of heat trapped by greenhouse gases.

Long and his colleagues don’t yet have enough data to know how much of an effect the icy haze left by airplanes may be having on the climate or whether it is contributing to warming or cooling. But its existence demonstrates yet another way that humans might be altering the climate system, Long says, and “you can see this with your own eyes.”

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