air travel

Forget Airplanes, Travel Via Cloud: Floating Zeppelin Network by Tiago Barros

Images: Tiago Barros

In a world where everything seems to operate at hyper-speeds (often at the expense of the environment), we’re well aware of the apparent benefits behind such movements as “slow food” “slow cities” and “slow design.” But what about “

Virgin Atlantic To Debut New Green Aviation Fuel In 2-3 Years & It’s Not A Biofuel

photo: Dan Terzian/CC BY

Considering how energy-intensive it is, aviation is really the hard nut to crack in greening transportation, but Virgin Atlantic says it has a way to do it–and, importantly, without using biofuels. As The Independent reports…

European Union Court Adviser Backs Plan to Include Airlines In Emissions Trading Scheme

Image: xlibber via flickr

The airline industry is supposed to join the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)—already a requirement for other heavily polluting industries—in January, but the industry has been fighting the requirement.

But t…

Ask Pablo: Will iPads in the Cockpit Really Lower Airlines’ Paper Use?

Photo by comedy_nose via Flickr CC

Dear Pablo: Two airlines have recently switched from paper flight records to iPads. Is this really an environmental improvement?

TreeHugger recently covered news of two airlines (

Airport ‘Bicycle Shuttle’ In Rio De Janeiro (Video)

Mikael Colville’s Brazilian Friend Biking From Rio’s Airport. Image: Vimeo screen capture.

There was a wave of bike celebrities visiting Latin America a few weeks ago when David Byrne hit the road to promote the Spanish version of Bicycle Diaries and…

Ask Pablo: Do $1 Coins Have A Smaller Footprint Than $1 Bills?

Image credit: US Mint, used under the United States Mint Circulating Coin Design Use Policy

Dear Pablo: Do $1 Coins have a smaller footprint than $1 bills and what is the environmental impact of the $1 coins that the US Mint is supposedly stockpiling…

Flying From Frankfurt to Hamburg, With or Without Biofuels, Hard to Justify on Environmental Grounds

photo: Marcus Bölt/Creative Commons

Today is the day! As I reported last week Germany airline Lufthansa has now begun using biofuels on about one-third of its flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg. The fuel is supplied by Finland’s Neste Oil and until n…

Lufthansa Will Become First Airline Using Biofuels On A Commercially Scheduled Route

photo: Andres Rueda/Creative Commons

Lufthansa looks set to make aviation history: Using biofuels on a regularly scheduled route. From July 15, one Lufthansa Airbus A321 will ply the 244 miles route from Frankfurt to Hamburg with one engine burning p…

British Prime Minister Asks Ministers and Civil Servants to Fly Coach

Britain’s Foreign Office has already asked ambassadors and civil servants to fly economy in an effort to cut their carbon emissions. (See Mike’s excellent guide to greener flying on why the demand business class seats creates more emissions per passe…

If Airlines & Passengers Can’t Afford To Pay For Their Emissions, We Can’t Afford To Fly At All

photo: Yuichi Kosio/Creative Commons

The European Union’s long-coming plan to include foreign-based airlines in its carbon trading scheme is scheduled to begin in January 2012, which would make all airlines flying to and from Europe to paying for the…