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Smoke signals on Earth day

By Davide, 04/22/2010 - 05:27

On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the flight disruption stops and airplanes take off again regularly after a week that the Earth is sending us a smoke signal.

A passing cloud of ash from the tiny little island at the top of our planet has disrupted tourism, travel, commerce and culture across Europe and the globe.
Mister Eyjafjallajokull's costs the airline industry an estimated $200 million a day, with further damages spreading throughout the global economy.

In an era of airplanes, cell phones and supercomputers, Eyjafjallajokull is a call for humility. At the same time, a second, invisible eruption has been taking place all around the world. On Eyjafjallajokull's eruption second day, NASA's MODIS-Terra satellite sensor measured a peak of about 80,000 tons of ash in the atmosphere. By comparison, the invisible eruption sends roughly 80 million tons into the air every day -- not of volcanic ash, but of carbon dioxide, coming out of countless tailpipes and smokestacks. So it seems natural to ask: How much of a disruption could climate change cause?

The answer is a technical one, and it might be lots of speculation about it. For sure is that here in Europe every second person has been directly or indirectly affected by the nature law more as we expected. After a week under a blue clean sky this morning people have been looking over their shoulder at the airplane passing by with a smile because everything seems to be in order again as airports are open and the immense travel machine is running again, but what about the Nature?

We celebrate the Earth day and we at Mynatour celebrate our one year online anniversary but at the end of this smoking signal...and at the end of this wonderful day, did we really get the message?

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