Computerized air-traffic control could save CO2 equivalent of Denmark’s economy

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Bringing Air-Traffic Control in the 21st Century could really save CO2.

If you are going somewhere in a vehicle that burns a lot of fossil fuels, it’s never a good idea to take unnecessary detours. Sadly, most airplanes can’t take the most elegant and efficient route to their destinations because of the limitations of the air-traffic control system that guides them. It’s not the fault of the traffic controllers – they do a good job – but rather of the technology with which they have to work; the foundations of the system are 50-60 years old and produce flight paths that are far from optimal when it comes to saving fuel (and thus reducing CO2 emissions), saving money, and saving time for passengers. So what can we do about it?

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Labeling Food Miles Catches on in Japan: Does It Help?

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Japan’s New Green Outlook Takes On The Mileage Of The Food Source

Harris Teeter may be stretching the concept of local food more than most, and industrial agriculture may be making efforts to go green, but with the 100 Mile Diet still going strong as a cultural phenomenon, the idea of labeling how far our food has traveled makes a certain amount of sense. The idea is catching on in Japan—with a new scheme just being launched to label products by weight and distance traveled. But is there a danger it could be a distraction?

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