The effect of the planes flying again after the ash has subsided

I guess we were quite lucky to not have been too badly effected by the planes not flying in the haze of the Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano’s ash cloud. I know a few people who got stuck in other parts of the world, but in the main, most of us coped. As is the human way, we found ways around things and got on with our lives.

For those of doing business overseas, many found alternatives that didn’t involve flying.

Was the global economy really that badly affected or was it just a huge dent to airlines profits?

It really makes me wonder how many of the flights are actually necessary and how many could be done via a good (and increasingly easy) video conference. If a few flights were cut every week, the saving to the environment would be enormous and have a far greater effect than taxing the hell out of poor old car drivers.

It’s easy to overlook the sheer number of flights that take place daily. Worldwide, there are more than 70,000 flights every single day. The Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano apparently stopped around 60% of those flights in Europe.

In CO2 terms the volcano kicked out between 150-300,000 tons of CO2 per day. But in Europe alone, the grounding of the flights saved more than 200,000 tons of CO2.

If you want to see some amazing pictures of the Volcano in action and the power of our earth to fight back, have a look at here.

Or if you want to see the effect of the planes coming back in a time lapsed version of the European skies, watch this superb video below.

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