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Turbulence could be making a more serious comeback in air travel

Turbulence could be making a more serious comeback in air travel

Ben Sandilands October 8, 2017 39 Comments

If as this study suggests, high smooth levels of the atmosphere are becoming more turbulence prone, air travel will have a new barrier to tame

Global warming begins to burn a hole in air travel

Global warming begins to burn a hole in air travel

Ben Sandilands June 21, 2017 29 Comments

Long ignored by airlines and airports, heat waves threaten flights, and airline economics

Cathay Pacific lays it on the line about climate change

Cathay Pacific lays it on the line about climate change

Ben Sandilands October 6, 2015 9 Comments

Cathay Pacific isn’t the only airline seized by the need to reduce fossil sourced carbon emissions, but its  2014 Sustainable Development Report may be the most lucid and honest account of what a major airline is doing, and how, overall, it may yet fail.

No fly weatherman right, yet terribly wrong over climate change

No fly weatherman right, yet terribly wrong over climate change

Ben Sandilands September 29, 2013 11 Comments

The high profile US meteorologist Eric Holthaus who has quit flying because of global warming has most of the science community, and this writer just for the record, on side over the seriousness of mankind’s disruptive and inordinate contribution to climate change. But he has also lined himself up with the forces of ignorance and denialism, […]

Did global warming chill out two jets and lead to compulsory engine modifications?

Ben Sandilands July 25, 2009 3 Comments

Previously unknown issues in airliner operations in severe cold in the upper atmosphere are cited by the FAA in the US in serving notice of compulsory design changes to Rolls-Royce powered versions of the Boeing 777-200ER jet overnight. While there are no RR engined 777s in service with Australian carriers the directive is interesting in […]

AGW authority refuses to support airport protest

Ben Sandilands February 4, 2009 1 Comment

A climate change authority and campaigner for urgent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, Dr James Hansen, has refused to support activists opposed to the construction of a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport. Instead he has urged them to concentrate on the fossilized carbon emissions released by the burning of coal which he says in […]

Rudd’s stunted vision rewards dumb carbon populism

Ben Sandilands December 16, 2008 4 Comments

A few weeks back Airbus sent an alternative fuels expert to Australia (Sebastian Remy) to explain how it could reduce the release of fossilised carbon from jet fuel by half by 2020, and create a major new agricultural industry that would not impact food production. Canberra didn’t want to know. For over a year Remy’s […]