3 Ways to Make Flying More Climate-Friendly | Ryah Whalen | TED

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Air travel opens our eyes to the world, but it also comes at a high cost to the environment. Piloting us into a future of green aviation, innovator Ryah Whalen shares three ways to lower the industry’s carbon footprint through smarter designs, eco-friendly fuel and new technology — so we can continue to explore the planet without hurting it.

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Comments

gimroth says:

What if you used the railgun principle to help airplanes take off? That should save a big chunk of traditional fuel. Make sure the magnets are renewably powered and that's a good start already.

Dan L. says:

"If…pilots don’t gun it at takeoff…" There is too much ignorance in that statement to make it worth unpacking.

Luke Marx says:

Biofuels emit less toxic fumes? Hmm. ‘What if pilots don’t gun-it on takeoff?’ Hmm. Battery flight..already happening. Not 2050.

BIRD MAN says:

Sorry to say but your presentation is irrelevant and has to be rewritten adjusted to the new reality.Huge investment, biofuel and more are gone for quite a few years down the line.

ryan chan says:

Respect. Great video: needed.

ryan chan says:

She wore green to manipulate us. Not a fan

David S says:

How about building good high speed rail so there are actual green alternatives to flying in the US, reserving flight for only overseas travel?

ureviews says:

I'm shocked that bio fuels are marketed as reducing carbon emissions…. If you burn bio fuel you still get the same amount of CO2, what the heck?

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herb bert says:

very small steps to make flying a little bit less climate-unfriendly.

Johnny Mackowski says:

Why wouldn't we focus on building high speed rail and reducing/eliminating domestic flights, which make up the majority of flights Americans take? Oh yeah, the airline industry would hate that and probably is actively lobbying against it.

folkloren says:

So much of TED seems to be dedicated to pacification of C-suite liberals. Undoubtedly, Whalen is speaking to a very real problem and discussing plausible solutions. Nonetheless, the audience's takeaway is something to the effect of "it's important that I be seen cringing about the catastrophic impact my carbon footprint has, but I can rest assured that someone else is working to solve the many problems caused by my continued refusal to reduce my consumption." We are in a climate emergency — all hands on fucking deck! We are, all of us, going to be dead or dying by 2100 if we don't go into total war levels of problem-solving in the very near future. The lack of a call to action is a complete travesty of the platform Whalen was given, and their dereliction says everything it needs to about the people calling the shots.

Daniel Limberg says:

i have a idea: stop flying

Nikolaos says:

Sounds like a waste of time and money for such small improvements. Use that to reform the agricultural system instead to provide affordable plant-based foods to everyone. Food emissions dwarf the aviation emissions.

gcrd says:

All I hear is "leave the airline industry deal with the problem and in 30 years we should be 1/5 less bad for the planet" while we have only a few years to drastically change our habits. Another bullshit talk from a so-called "Innovation Director" of a consulting firm that advocates nothing but the perpetuation of our sick system by making it sound like they're actually promoting change.

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Maxim Kalinin says:

I don't understand how a 2% share of airplane travel CO2 emissions could raise up to 20% by 2050. People will take planes 10 times more often? Other emissions will go down so drastically compared to air travel, so its share will become larger?

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