Offsetting CO2 from flights

Travel

So if you are a frequent flyer types, here’s some quick back of the envelope math.

About 50k miles a year usually corresponds to gold status with most airline programs (star alliance, skyteam etc). I haven’t done any rigorous calculations yet but it appears that flying that much would generate about 13 tons of CO2. Now offsetting your footprint is ridden with a lot of moral questions and arguments that I am not going to get into. But it seems to cost about $10-$25 to offset 1 ton of CO2. So if you fly 50k miles a year, that’s about $200/yr to offset it all, give or take. Put another way, a single San Francisco to London round trip will be about 3 ton of CO2, offsetting which will cost around $50.

So in general, for about 5% of your economy ticket price, you can do some good that kinda seems to even out among some dimensions you choose.

I don’t know of good options to do that but I ended up using GoldStandard just to try it out in case anyone is interested. And if someone knows some other offsetting resources they like, please share!

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Versova Beach in Mumbai is hospitable to Turtles again

General

I grew up right next to this beach in Mumbai, on the Arabian Sea. Between slums, sewage, and littering, the beach had turned into an eyesore and the pollutants had made the water inhabitable. I last visited this beach 5yrs ago and can’t believe how much it seems to have changed today. The beach has been cleaned up and is actually hospitable to marine life again. The significance of this may be hard to notice for some, but I never in my wildest imagination could have ever expected this to happen in a city that’s bursting on its seams and barely keeping it together. This shows how people *can* make a difference if they work hard and don’t give up.

Check out this news story for the full rundown.

Time Lapse of Mt. Rainier visibility from Kerry Park in 2012

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Mt Rainier from Kerry Park

Visibility of our surroundings is a key aspect of the experience of a place. I live in Seattle and one thing everyone here is obsessed with is Mt. Rainier. It’s common to hear the phrase “The mountain’s out”. How many times in a year can you see Mt. Rainier from Seattle? Some people claim that it’s a “few days a year”. This time-lapse shows that in 2012 you could see Mt. Rainier a total of minimum 83 times. That translates to once every 4-5 days.

Since I am only looking at pictures taken at exactly 3pm every day, the actual number of times you can see the mountain at least once is definitely higher if you consider other times of the day you get a peek at it.

Pictures taken by the awesome folks at Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. I recently found out about them but am in no way affiliated to them. Watch their visibility camera here: http://www.pscleanair.org/airq/visibility/default.aspx

I wrote this simple perl script to grab the images from the website and then actually used iMovie to put them together and manually added the counter.