Virgin Atlantic plane takes flight with fuel from recycled waste

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A Virgin Atlantic plane, flying from Orlando to London, has become the first commercial flight to use jet fuel partly made from recycled industrial waste. The Boeing 747 — which landed at London’s Gatwick Airport — used a blend of normal jet fuel plus ethanol made from waste gases.

“This fuel takes waste, carbon-rich gases from industrial factories and gives them a second life so that new fossil fuels don’t have to be taken out of the ground,” Virgin Atlantic founder, Sir Richard Branson… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Even scientists are shocked by the latest UN report on climate change

According to a Monday report from the United Nations, reducing the Earth’s temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius is crucial if more extreme weather events and species’ extinction is to be avoided. The current ceiling on temperature increase is set at 2C since the 2015 Paris Agreement to which nearly 200 nations are committed. However, new UN research shows that this pledge is not enough to avoid possibly irreparable damage to our planet’s ecosystems.

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