martedì 12 febbraio 2008

Zero carbon emission city

Do you immagine a city with no carbon emission? Where citizens will move using automated means of transport? With low buildings and renewable sources of energy? They immagined it and sterted to create it at the United Arab Emirates...

Building Mansar City is starting today and the plan will be completed at 2015. It will cost 22 billinos us dollars circa. The design was made from Foster & Parten

Its 50 thousand citizens will use tram trasportation and othe automated means of transport. Instead of skyscrapers of Abu Dabi, Mansar city will have low buildings with solar panels on the roofs.

Desert offers optimal contitions but in the Emirates only parkmeters use solar energy.

The city will be built near the sea and a wall will protect her from warm wind coming from the sesert and the airport landstrip from Abu Dabi.

Emirates have petrol for at least 150 years more, but instead acting like other countries producing it, emirates seek to modify their economy so to reduce their depency from petrol.

Mansar City is a part of an ambitious plan of the government that started on 2006.

Let's see if someone else follows theis path ^_^'


domenica 3 febbraio 2008

New fuel for airplanes??

An Airbus 380, bigest civilian aircraft, did an experimental flight from Britain to france using a sinthetic fuel that is being produced from natural gas and it is considered more "clean" from conventional fuel!!

This Airbus had the sign " more green, more clean, more quiet, more clever" and did the flight from bristol to tuluze, where the main factory is.

Three of the engines where using conventional fuel and the fourth used GLT (Gas to Liquid) which is a sinthetic fuel from shell.

The test was made after agreement from Shell, Airbus, Rolls Royce and Qatar Airways. Qatar in fact is preparing a site that will produce GLT and Qatar Airways is hoping to became the first airline to use this fuel.

Airbus plans incude some testing using biofuels until 2009.

Are lowcost airlines affecting the climate?

It seems that flying lowcost has increased the percentage of gas emissions in europe!!

Travelling with just 50 euros across europe is a great thing confronting with prices of traditional airlines...but there's a catch.
All these flight have impact, a big one in our skies. The success of low-cost airlines threatens to ruin all European efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Consequently, the call for an EU-wide tax on aeroplane fuel is getting louder. Probably this isn't a great solution...
People will and must continue to travel across this continent so just putting a tax to collect money or to "advise" not to travel isn'r so great, instead of searching other solutions, like other fuels or easier other means of trasportation..
Low-cost airlines are conquering the European travel market with cut-throat prices, and the aeroplane is fast becoming an everyday means of transport. But this has dramatic consequences for the environment as no other form of transport has such a damaging ecological effect as the aeroplane. A single flight can use up to five times as much fuel as a train journey of the same distance. Even the car, with a similar fuel consumption per head, is better in comparison. But most such high altitude, the combustion of fuel contributes to the greenhouse effect to a far greater extent than on land.

So, can flight become more greener, more ecological friendly?
I admit myself used several times lowcost flight, paid little and had fun, but....what is the real price actually?

Also...the airlines woo customers away from alternative forms of transport – according to one survey, a third of Ryanair’s customers (the biggest low-cost airline) have switched from car or train because of the low prices. The budget airlines have created a completely new mass market. A two day shopping trip to London and a relaxing weekend in Mallorca would remain a luxury few could afford without Ryanair and Co.