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A Mesmerizing Look at Global Air Travel

Via Wired, the best YouTube video since Chocolate Rain:  an animated look at 24 hours of global air travel, compressed into 72 seconds.  Behold:

That's a heck of a lot of flying, no?

More on air travel from the Worldchanging archives:

Greening Air Travel

Why We Need An X Prize for Eco-Friendly Air Travel

Fly Green

This piece originally appeared on the Sightline Institute's blog, The Daily Score.

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:-) used it for my blog also, a couple of months ago...

Really impressive... And scary in a way!

I discovered this video hours after I got off a flight from Ethiopia to Rome, and we crossed two planes with only a few hundred feet separation in mid flight.
All in the course of just one minute.

I thought exactly as you commented: "There is a heck of flying going on in the world!" ;-)


Posted by: Peter on 15 Dec 08

Reading an electronics magazine over the shoulder of a colleague one lunchtime, I saw an article about a simple over the shelf gadget that allows you to track the GPS positions of all airborne commercial flights in near-real time.

(No, I haven't got the reference! :-(

Posted by: Tony Fisk on 15 Dec 08

If we are going to have a discussion about the bad effects of aircraft emissions, can we include the point that there are scientists, and presumably a latent lobby, that see such emissions not as a problem, but as a solution, employable for purposes of "geoengineering", i.e. climate change mitigation?

Why is there no public dialogue between those concerned about the amount of pollution being caused by aircraft and those who think that such pollution is beneficial?

Posted by: Wayne Hall on 28 Dec 08

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