Shipping Triggers More Lightning

September 12, 2017
Diesel engine emissions from ships could be seeding storm clouds Images: Joel Thornton/Geophysical Research Letters/AGU

Exhaust from the diesel engines that propel ships can trigger strong thunderstorms, scientists have found. There is twice as much lightning right above two heavily trafficked shipping channels in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea than in nearby areas with similar climates, their study shows.