Get on a small plane, and carbon emissions aren't the only environmental problem to think about. Aviation fuel is the largest source of lead emissions, and Friends of the Earth is calling on the EPA to get it under
With the European Union's plan to include aviation in its emission trading scheme just two years away, there's some more movement on slowing the growing carbon footprint of the airline industry. At the annual
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary may come close to rivaling arch-climate skeptic Lord Monckton when it comes to craziness. Having ranted and raved about eco-loonies in the past, he's now laying firmly into the scientific
This one's been inbound for a couple of years now, the United States objecting to the European Union's plans to make foreign airlines start paying for the carbon emissionsM from landing and taking off there from 2012, but
Four years ago we wrote about the idea of standing seating on airplanes, and noted that "there could be a TreeHugger case that more people crammed in means less fuel burned per person, and we also suspect that it will end
Everyone knows by now that the European member states have started a belt-tightening kick. Germany's Chancellor Merkel has presented an austerity plan that includes an eco-tax on air travel. And the air is already heating up:
If you're already fan of Virgin America here's another reason to like them: Greenopia has just ranked them the greenest US domestic airline of the ten major airlines they surveyed. Alaska Airlines and Continental took
The end of the ban on flying seems to be touch and go with most flights still cancelled until later this afternoon. But some are rhapsodizing about a world without planes and the joys of cloud watching
It's been a while since saltwater-loving salicornia has made an appearance on these pages, but a new research effort by the Masdar Institute is bring it back. As Technology Review reports Masdar is hoping to combine fish and shrimp farming with
KLM is one of the growing number of airlines looking to camelina, completing the first aviation biofuel with passengers late last year. Photo: Peter Hellberg.
Camelina is emerging as an aviation biofuel feedstock with some promise. Everyone from KLM to
And then there were... well, I've stopped counting how many airlines are trying to develop a biofuel that will enable them to keep on flying and become carbon neutral(ish), but Qatar Airways is the latest to enter the ring. The
Mark your calendars for November 23rd. That's when the first aviation biofuel test flight with passengers aboard is scheduled to take place, and the first test flight in Europe. Dutch airline KLM has announced that "a
Aviation accounts for only 3% of carbon emissions from the global transport sector, but it's a number that's growing. Not to mention that those emissions often have a higher warming potential than ones emitted elsewhere.
We're not sure how to say this, politely, erm, before you board, can you please remove your shoes, empty your water bottles, and well, your bladders too. Whew, that wasn't so bad. Now, if you fly Japan's Nippon