Plane vs Volcano

According to the Cape Times 95, 000 flights were cancelled this past week due to the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland. But while I can’t help thinking about how many carbon emissions have been saved I decided to see what the environmental impacts of the volcano have been.

According to Information is Beautiful, the European Aviation Industry emits 344,109 tonnes of CO2 per day and they estimate that the volcano is emitting 150, 000 tonnes per day. They have calculated that 206,456 tonnes of CO2 have been saved due to 60% of flights being cancelled accross Europe. This does not however take into account increase of other modes of transport such as car/taxi use.

See their diagram below or visit http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/planes-or-volcano/ .

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s