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Planetwatch series – Green aviation fuels et al.

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Fly Guilt free

Airline industry is poised to adopt green fuels as an alternative to traditional aviation jet fuel. Major airlines like Qatar airways and Virgin Atlantic have already conducted test flights using engines running on sustainable bio-fuel or GTL, a 50-50 blend of natural gas and conventional fuel. Airlines expect substantial reduction in carbon footprint by employment of green fuel alternatives.

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Intelligent Gaia

Retreat of Antarctic ice caps and glaciers have exposed large tracts of open water which has been rapidly colonized by carbon-absorbing phytoplankton. As they die these phytoplankton sinks to the sea bed locking away the absorbed carbon for millennia. This ingenious carbon capture and sequestration technique devised by Mother Nature helps to mitigate the effects of climate change, albeit marginally.

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Maldivian Initiative

Recently Maldives made headlines when it held a cabinet meeting underwater to illustrate the plight of the nation due to climate change effetcs. Maldives, with an average ground level a mere 1.5 meters above mean sea level is the country most threatened by sea level rise. In an initiative to demonstrate the country’s commitment to renewable energy and reduction of green house gas emissions, Maldives is planning to set up a 75 MW wind farm which will power its capital and the tourist resorts.

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