A new study indicates that the aviation industry is responsible for up to 2.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, which is higher than most individual countries. Researchers calculate that the
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Air travel produces roughly 5 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, edging us closer to an era of runaway climate change. As part of an ongoing effort to develop greener planes and reduce the aviation
Swiss aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg just took an important step toward their 2015 goal of flying around the world on a solar-powered aircraft with the successful maiden flight
Brazil photo via Shutterstock All those airplanes crisscrossing Brazil for the 2014 World Cup next summer will nearly double carbon emissions compared to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. According
Australian pilot Jeremy Rowsell is set to break new boundaries for alternative energy by flying from Australia to Britain in an airplane powered entirely by plastic waste. Rowsell's "Wings of Waste"
Israel's El Al Airlines is planning to outfit 20 of their Boeing 737 airplanes with electric drive units from WheelTug that will provide power for the planes to taxi while on the ground. Though these
Airline mogul and billionaire Richard Branson just announced that in three years Virgin Atlantic airplanes will be fueled by waste gas from power plants, steel works, and aluminum plants. Within 24 months
Pipistrel just rolled out the world's most powerful electric aircraft -- and it's the first to seat four people. The Taurus G4 required two years of preparation and development, but took just four months
Cooking oil has been used in the past to power cars and buses, but UK-based Thomson Airways just became the country's first airline to launch fry-powered planes. Starting next month, the airline will
Siemans just unveiled the world's first true plug-in hybrid-electric airplane, which has an engine that resembles the Chevy Volt's. The airplane took its maiden flight on June 8 at the Wiener Neustadt
A high-tech coating used on military aircraft could make commercial planes more aerodynamic and allow them to fly more efficiently through the air.
It's generally agreed the world over that transportation is the largest contributor to global warming. As such, governments have begun heavily investing in high-speed rail projects and other transport
When it comes to green transportation, everyone has heard of hybrid cars and energy-efficient vehicles. Even airplanes use biofuel these days, but one form of transport that has yet to be made greener is
Biofuel-powered planes may be the next big thing in aviation, but PC-Aero has a vision for a new wave of emission-free aircraft that are charged solely by the sun. Using a system similar to what we're
Today a team of researchers at MIT unveiled their latest feat of engineering -- an airplane that uses 70% less fuel than conventional aircraft. The MIT team was one of six groups -- and the only
In a hurry? Need to get from Sydney to Brussels in a dash? Not too far in the future you may be able to travel that entire distance in less than 4 hours - emissions free - thanks to an amazing hypersonic
The three major players in airplane manufacturing — Boeing, Airbus and Embraer — have announced an unlikely and exciting partnership to develop affordable biofuel technology which could be adopted
Today Finnair is set to break a world record as it launches a cooking oil-powered flight from Amsterdam to Helsinki - the world’s longest biofueled commercial flight to date. Commercial airlines have
We recently reported on a program led by NASA that was aiming to green the future of air transportation, and now Boeing -- along with their teammates General Electric and Georgia Tech -- are following
Slated for take off in either late February or early March 2015, the Solar Impulse 2 flight is expected to span approximately 25 flight days across 5 months and land in 12 different locations. The
If you're a jet-setter who feels that air travel has lost some of its luster, then put your seat back in its upright position and get ready for a thrilling ride. Aerospace company Airbus has just
Even though a lot of people may disagree, choices that can help save the environment often save you money as well. By learning from and curbing our regular habits, we can decrease our impact and
Designer Greg Brown and engineer Dave Fawcett are finessing a design for a jet-propelled car that can reach speeds up to 550 miles in the air, but then converts into a zero-emissions electric car on the
The city of London is going to start paying British Airways to take its trash, but what on Earth does the airline company want with all that garbage, anyway? The airline giant plans to turn it into jet
Industrial design consultancy MAP just saved Virgin Atlantic millions of dollars in fuel costs by simply redesigning the airline's in-flight meal tray. By streamlining the tray's design, the British firm
The world’s first battery-powered airplane, E-Fan, has just successfully completed its first flight in Bordeaux, France. The small experimental aircraft is powered by 120 lithium-ion polymer batteries
Cow photo via Shutterstock As a top industrialized nation, the United States is responsible for spewing a great deal of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. But a study published last week in the
The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?
What exactly is biomimicry? I think of it as a way of unlocking a whole world of super-powers for humanity. It is literally the next stage of human evolution. Leonardo DaVinci himself said, "Those who are
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