Feeling the heat
Notorious for their hydrocarbon consumption, Gulf countries are beginning to fight back against climate change
The sight was electrifying: a solar powered flying machine ascended into the desert morning in order to probe a new frontier for ecology and sustainability. Venturing far beyond the conventional concept of an airplane, Solar Impulse II is a science adventure to test and develop new practical technologies that can deal with the urgent, global problem of climate change.
Hatched by two Swiss celebrity explorers, Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, the experimental aircraft intends to circumnavigate the earth in a five month-long flight that is divided into 12 segments. To optimize its chances of success, Solar Impulse II took off last month from Abu Dhabi.
The ultimate problem the flight seeks to address — climate change — is defined as the modification of climate patterns, both regionally and globally, and has been attributed to the increased level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due to fossil fuel consumption. The general consensus is that a continuous buildup of emissions will have dire effects on the planet, such as seas submerging cities and extreme weather patterns.
The environment has always been a highly important topic in the world’s agenda but the current environmental protection campaigns seen around the globe are unprecedented, as Hollywood actors, top politicians and ordinary people have made climate change their personal crusades. Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and UN representative on climate change, stated at the 2014 UN Climate Change Summit in New York that “climate
The first solar powered flight around the world took off from Abu Dhabi