Should we cut way back on flying? Stop going to conferences?

Ed Note:  On the “good example” end of the spectrum is a zero carbon retreat next Monday and Tuesday that is entirely online and free: https://www.zneretreat.com/ By Lloyd Alter Should we just stop flying to conferences?  It really isn’t necessary but it sure is a lot of fun. I am conflicted. The Passivhaus movement is growing all over the world, and …

Airlines are free of fuel tax and cheap flying generates more of it

Ed Note:  On the “good example” end of the spectrum is a zero carbon retreat next Monday and Tuesday that is entirely online and free: https://www.zneretreat.com/ By Lloyd Alter Should we just stop flying to conferences?  It really isn’t necessary but it sure is a lot of fun. I am conflicted. The Passivhaus movement is growing all over the world, and …

Bell Shows Its 5-Seat Nexus Air Taxi, Aiming for 50 cents a mile, while Rolls-Royce Builds World’s Fastest Electric Airplane

January 16th, 2019 by Nicolas Zart on Clean Technica The air taxi space is crowded — if not on paper, then with prototypes and flying demos. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, is a global helicopter leader and no stranger to the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) world. It announced the Bell Nexus, a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft a few …

Pipistrel (a Designer for NASA and Siemens) Unveils Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing Aircraft Concept For Uber Elevate

May 13th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart  Hot on the latest Uber Elevate summit this month in Los Angeles, Pipistrel planned the unveiling of its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept to the public. Pipistrel eVTOL Concept — Faster & Further The race to design what could essentially transport us from place to place through the air in city limits — …

Angelenos spent 102 hours in peak hour traffic on average, last year. Traffic speed in London hasn’t risen in 150 years (was 3.5 mph then and is still)

Americans are driving farther and longer than ever before, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. For 2017 through September, Americans drove 1.3% more — or 32 billion more miles — than in the same period in 2016.1 That’s equivalent to about 170 round trips between the Earth and the Sun. Other countries are seeing a similar trend.2  Economics are a contributing factor, …

Norway aims for all short-haul flights to be 100% electric by 2040

It already has more electric cars than any other country in the world and also has shipping projects underway. Avinor, the public operator of Norway’s airports, has said that all of Norway’s short-haul airliners should be 100% electric by 2040, in a bid to be the “first in the world” to switch to electric air transport. “We think that all …

China’s 1st Electric Airplane Gets Range Boost

January 4th, 2018 by Tim Dixon by Clean Technica.  Originally published on EV Obsession. On November the 2nd of 2017, the updated version of China’s first electric airplane had its maiden flight. It is a two-seat electric trainer aircraft — similar to the Pipistrel electric aircraft plus other industry efforts to develop electric aircraft or hybrid aircraft and the required components and subsystems. RX1E-A The RX1E-A was designed by the Shenyang Aerospace University …

Aircraft emissions were found to be responsible for 6% of Arctic surface global warming to date and 1.3% of total surface global warming

The effects of aircraft on climate and pollution. Part II: 20-year impacts of exhaust from all commercial aircraft worldwide treated individually at the subgrid scale M. Z. Jacobson,*a J. T. Wilkerson,a A. D. Naimanb and S. K. Lelec Received 8th March 2013, Accepted 16th April 2013 DOI: 10.1039/c3fd00034f This study examines the 20-year impacts of emissions from all commercial aircraft …