On the BBC website earlier (I think) that 15% of the UK population take 70% of the flights...
However there is a far greater number who donít fly at all but would love to and intend to in the future. So flights will go up.
Cool visualisation. Would be good to see the same normalised for per person in each country.
How much of the figure for Chinese emissions includes manufacturing products which are actually consumed in Europe, North America and Japan? So effectively they are "our" emissions, just outsourced.
Other nations are looking at how Germany acts if only because many other big polluters have a bigger problem in making reductions. Germanyís economy is dominated by services that require less energy and produce less carbon than places tilted toward industry and manufacturing. China, which is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, has a larger share of its economy tied to factories and therefore will find it harder to make reductions.
This is what I meant by technology. My knowledge is pretty limited but it would appear that producing all our energy required for land based travel, heating, lighting and industrial purposes from renewables is possible, and not that far off (20-30 years). However air travel maybe more difficult. This could be done without making our lives more restrictive.
I am suprisded by trinidad and tobago, but not sure why....
I think itís going to take serious technological strides before thereís a real replacement for face to face meetings for all but very minor interactions. So much is lost in translation when one canít see body language properly in small important meetings, Iím not surprised by business men flying all over the shop. I assume in your example Andy, as is well reported at CERN and other large scientific organisations, as much good work is done in the evenings and lunch breaks as within the scheduled meetings.
Hydrogen innit. In the bigger scheme of things, we really ought not to be looking to batteries, with their rare earth metals (clues in the name)., but to Hydrogen, either in electricity producing fuel cells or burnt in jet engines for flights. Obviously the issue with Hydrogen is that currently, its hugely energy intensive to crack water into Hydrogen and Oxygen. However, folk are working on developing that process. Interestingly, there's already a scheme in Sheffield where H is being produced by a system powered by a wind turbine. http://www.itm-power.com/project/wind-hydrogen-development-platformI've done a bit of googling and it seems California is starting down that road with about a 100 filling stations to date.Saw a Sheffield City council van with a sticker 'Powered by Hydrogen' so thought where does it get its H from, Turns out its from the wind powered filling station off the parkway. Its the smaller turbine, i.e. the one that actually turns, that its connected to. Its only the start, but might be the way things need to go.
Quote from: teestub on October 11, 2019, 12:39:11 pmI think itís going to take serious technological strides before thereís a real replacement for face to face meetings for all but very minor interactions. So much is lost in translation when one canít see body language properly in small important meetings, Iím not surprised by business men flying all over the shop. I assume in your example Andy, as is well reported at CERN and other large scientific organisations, as much good work is done in the evenings and lunch breaks as within the scheduled meetings.I disagree. Perhaps when you're talking about meeting clients etc. for the first time (or nurturing that relationship)? The Consultant I previously worked for had a significant advantage over its competitors by being an early adopter/investor in online meetings and tech in general (the wonderful world of BIM). They've used it to make use of expertise overseas both in Eastern Europe and India (I'm told that the working conditions in these locations is incredibly good).We also delivered a project for a Client in the NW using a team based in the south which I think I visited twice (?) by train in a 12M period. I've subsequently left but know they're making use of people in Glasgow, Leeds and Plymouth on current projects, all of which heavily rely on online meetings and communication where travel (by car) is not viewed positively (think lots of paperwork ). This obviously has other benefits too as it's easier to manage peaks and troughs in workload.Likewise, my previous Client installed Skype and it was fantastic. OK, it took ~4 years to build trust with them but once that existed my need to visit their offices dwindled dramatically as queries (both ways) could be answered fairly conventionally via instant messaging. Some of the jobs in my current office (which are mostly construction sites based in London) use WhatsApp to send through site queries negating the need for site visits (it's also cheaper for them that way!).On Fri I had a meeting with a NW England based supplier who's technical expert lives in Poland. It was a very technical subject (with fairly large £££ ramifications) but there was absolutely no need for anything further than the Skype call we used. It helped that their expert was, well an actual expert.
I couldn't disagree more with this.
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