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



Endangered shark fins discovered on a Singapore Airlines flight to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the biggest trading hub for shark fins in the world, and although they’ve taken steps to halt illegal trading, conservation organization Sea Shepherd recently uncovered a shipment with fins from endangered sharks that arrived via a Singapore Airlines flight for a Hong Kong dried seafood company. Sea Shepherd said the fins came from whale sharks and possibly oceanic whitetip sharks.

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Watch Toyota’s flying car take its first test flight

Have you ever wanted to ride in a flying car? In just a few years, you might soon be able to! Several companies are working on developing this technology, and Toyota-backed Cartivator recently made progress on this goal by taking its flying car for a tentative test flight. Though the vehicle still needs a lot of work, the Japanese-based startup company is certain the car will be ready to fly in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBamPRd7-uU

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Solar Impulse successfully completes solar-powered flight around the world

Today, Solar Impulse inhabitat.com/tag/solar-impulse/ completed its epic round-the-world journey, powered only by the sun’s energy. Swiss pilot and initiator Bertrand Piccard landed the experimental solar-powered aircraft in Abu Dhabi after 40 hours in flight from Cairo, Egypt—the XXth and final leg of an adventure that began more than a year ago. Taking turns piloting each leg of the journey, Piccard and SI co-founder André Borschberg have bagged numerous world records and XXX hours of flight… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building