Storms caused by ships - really?

Media alerted us on a new threat brought by ships’ emissions. Particles in those emissions are responsible for an increase in lightning, according to a team of researchers from the University of Washington. Curious study, this one. Extract from Geophysical Research Letters, “Lightning enhancement over major oceanic shipping lanes”:
We conclude that the lightning enhancement stems from aerosol particles emitted in the engine exhaust of ships traveling along these routes.
But science doesn’t know yet, how lightning works and what causes it, it’s still a mystery. Richard Kithil, head of the National Lightning Safety Institute, says lighting has its own agenda. “It is entirely capricious, random, and unpredictable. Man’s attempts to fit lightning into a convenient box, with codes and standards to describe its behavior, are a best guess.”
The World’s Biggest Lightning Hot Spots embrace Venezuela, Congo, Colombia and Pakistan, not shipping lanes. Nobody yet explained to us, why. That “Lightning enhancement over major oceanic shipping lanes” resembles smoking and cancer “theory” – nobody knows what causes cancer, but if a smoker dies from cancer, surely, it was caused by smoking. If non-smoker dies from cancer, then, the answer is “who the hell knows”? “Shit happens” is still the best scientific guess on cancer causes.
Study has a number of other loopholes, and in general, bears all the traits of preordered study with preset results. Research team was tasked with tying emissions to something negative, or considered by public as dangerous.
Voytenko Mikhail

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