The jet stream can have a big impact on how long a plane ride will last.
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When planes fly from east to west, they are flying against a river of air called a jet stream. These air currents can make your flight longer or shorter, depending on which way you are going.
Carbon offsetting is better regulated than it once was, but it's no solution to the climate crisis.
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More than one million weather observations were made by aircraft each day in 2019. Since the pandemic started, these have dropped by 90%.
Passengers disembark high speed trains at London’s St. Pancras International station in London, UK.
All modes of high-speed travel come with a cost to the environment.
Weaker winds and higher temperatures are making airlines less efficient.
Since 2019, night train networks have seen a remarkable revival across Europe.
As the notion of flight shame is taking off around the world, emissions from aviation are making a small but growing contribution to global warming.
The use of big data by companies, even when perfectly legal, can harm people.
A customer waits for the world’s longest flight from Singapore to Newark.
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The day and a half it takes to get from New York to Singapore and back offers plenty of time to ponder the economics of ultra-long-haul flights – and wonder why we’d want to make it any longer.
Your next flight could be the single biggest contribution to global warming you make all year. Experts imagine how we might travel in future, without the ‘flygskam’.
How far would you go to limit your carbon footprint?
Flying plays havoc with people’s ears. But it’s a lot worse if your cabin suddenly loses pressure.
Cancelled flights might be your worst nightmare, but imagine a world with no flights.
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With little hope of finding alternatives to jet fuel, we need to seriously consider a world without flying.
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Without a human operator on board, how can a drone steer clear of collisions? Technology from autonomous cars can help.
What a novelty: Qantas chief Alan Joyce and WA Premier Colin Barnett announce the new non-stop route.
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Qantas’s new non-stop route from Perth to London might be a watershed for travel times between Australia and Europe. But super-long-haul routes won’t do much to cut aviation’s greenhouse emissions.
CASA makes it easier for low risk flying of drones.
Long awaited changes to the regulations on some drone flights in Australia are set to give the industry a shake up.
An impression of the X-51 Waverider, the US hypersonic aircraft programme.
The military is interested – but the rest of us could also get from Paris to Tokyo in three hours.
US domestic carriers won’t face emissions curbs until the rest of the world’s airlines do too.
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Greenhouse emissions from the aviation industry are still largely unregulated. The prospect of regulations for US flights sounds like progress, but it won’t happen without an elusive international consensus.
Different flight paths, same goals. Heathrow and Gatwick.
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Once we’ve voted them in, politicians might just have the guts to make a decision on new flights capacity. But it is likely they will still dodge the decision we really need.
Who will be the first to crack?
People do disgusting and disruptive things on airplanes. They show little regard or patience for fellow passengers and their needs. Inconsiderate behavior on the part of passengers can make air travel…