‘Lightning is awesome. A single lightning bolt can unleash up to one billion volts, tens of thousands of amps, travelling at about 270,000mph, and in only a few millionths of a second reaches 30,000C — hotter than the surface of the sun.
Apart from the drama, lightning also performs a cleaning service, helping to get rid of air pollution by creating powerful oxidising cleansers called hydroxyl (OH) and hydroperoxyl (HO2). These oxidants break down greenhouse gases such as methane, dissolving them in water and depositing them in rain…’
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