13 Dec '11, 7pm

Modern computerized air-traffic control could save CO2 equivalent of Denmark's economy! via @Michael_GR

Modern computerized air-traffic control could save CO2 equivalent of Denmark's economy! via @Michael_GR

Bringing Air-Traffic Control in the 21st Century If you are going somewhere in a vehicle that burns a lot of fossil fuels, it's never a good idea to take unnecessary detours. Sadly, most airplanes can't take the most elegant and efficient route to their destinations because of the limitations of the air-traffic control system that guides them. It's not the fault of the traffic controllers - they do a good job - but rather of the technology with which they have to work; the foundations of the system are 50-60 years old and produce flight paths that are far from optimal when it comes to saving fuel (and thus reducing CO2 emissions), saving money, and saving time for passengers. So what can we do about it? Flickr /CC BY 2.0 Still at the R&D Stage It seems like the general idea of what is required is well known, but implementing it will be a huge task. Right now, my understand...

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