Green wing: Can technology make flying more environmentally friendly?

The flying industry has added to the atmospheric carbon pollution immensely; which only increases the growth of global warming and climate change.  A single trans-Atlantic flight emits 140 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  However, the industry has improved since 1960, having created engines that are 40% more fuel efficient than those in 1960.  Many believe the answer to the problem is to amend the technology of air travel–changing how planes are designed and what they are made of.  One example of a technological change is the “laminar flow control”.  This change will reduce friction between the airplane and the air, lowering the plane’s drag and creating a more effectual fuel consumption.

Anabel Danon


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