Would be grand to fly
Like a hummingbird hovers
Instead sit watch him
Please understand the airplane's evolution purposed for combat and the carbon cost of air travel as air travel has been done thus far.
"To this day the core roles of air power ~ control of the air, strike, reconnaissance
and mobility ~ have their roots in the evolution of aviation before and during WW1.
From the deployment of Tornadoes to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to conduct operations
against Islamic State in Iraq, to providing combat air patrols
over the recent Nato summit in Wales."
~Viewpoint: How WW1 changed aviation forever (BBC News, 10.20.2014)
"We are lucky to live at a level of luxury unimagined by the vast majority of humanity that has ever lived.
That luxury also comes at an environmental impact greater than the impact other humans have had on the Earth.
To be certain, people are working on alternatives to the carbon rich fossil fuels our flights rely upon.
That research has been going on for some time and I am certain that we will ultimately
find alternatives which finally eliminate our impact on our atmosphere.
Until that time, though, we should do everything we can to take responsibility for our impacts:
Consolidate your travel as much as possible to eliminate flights
wherever possible and consider train travel."
~Ted Redmond at BLUEdot Certified Carbon Neutral
Facts about flying
* Air travel produces 19 times the greenhouse gas emissions of trains; and 190 times that of a ship.
* Aviation could contribute 15 per cent of greenhouse gases each year if unchecked.
* Greenhouse gas emissions caused by UK air travel have doubled in the past 13 years, from 20.1m tons in 1990 to 39.5m tons in 2004.
* During the same period emissions from UK cars rose by 8m tons, to 67.8m tons.
* One return flight to Florida produces the equivalent CO2 of a year's average motoring.
* Emissions at altitude have 2.7 times the environmental impact of those on the ground.
* Air travel is growing at UK airports at an average of 4.25 per cent. In 1970, 32 million flew from UK airports; in 2002, 189 million. By 2030 some 500 million passengers may pass through UK airports.
* Cargo transportation is growing by 7 per cent a year. In 1970, 580,000 tons of freight were moved by plane; in 2002, 2.2 million tons. It is forecast to reach 5 million tons in 2010.
* 50 per cent of the UK population flew at least once in 2001.
* Flying 1kg of asparagus from California to the UK uses 900 times more energy than the home-grown equivalent.
Facts source: The Real Cost of Air Travel (published 200 at Resilience)