Wolfgang Grulke A Big Bang and China!

I presume that large asteroid impacts create massive heat and would certainly create 'ash' as well as dust. Based on studies on some previous asteroid hits, for example the mass extinction 65m years ago, it might have taken thousands of years for the atmosphere to return to 'normal'. So, this scenario may be quite optimistic.

re China: In 2023 the Chinese economy will have shifted from low-wage jobs to automated production lines - if you have automated production this can be done closer to the markets for your products and will take away the advantage of centralized low-wage manufacturing in China. So, with automated production plus loss in demand for central manufacturing in China it's quite likely that the 'old' manufacturing jobs could have decreased by 80%.
Posted: 11 May 2010 at 00:00

Dave Shuttleworth Air travel of a different nature...

Interestingly, I recently watched a documentary on the conceptual 'Aircruise' luxury eco-zeppelins, conceptualised by Seymourpowell, a London-based design company working with Samsung Construction and Trading.

"Passengers would enjoy living and dining above the clouds [on these hydrogen-lifted, solar-powered air-hotels] for journeys lasting up to 90 hours from Los Angeles to Shanghai, or perhaps less for other destinations." Not only would these be a great alternative to air travel should increased volcanic activity become a scary reality, but their environmental benefits would also be fantastic. Though with all that ash in the air perhaps environmental benefits woud be lower on the priority list!

This new concept wouldn't be limited to luxury travel either - imagine mass-transportation on these things (a thousand people at a time, still within relative comfort?) If each one took at least 1000 people only 90 hours from LA to Shanghai, surely the net loss in overall time versus air travel is not that terrible?
Posted: 13 May 2010 at 09:13

Dave Shuttleworth RE: Air travel of a different nature...

Posted: 13 May 2010 at 09:15

Sebongile Seroto global warming gone

I believe in a few years enviromentalists and scientists would have found a way to combat global warming. creating more oxgyen?

2013? perhaps everyone will not be using cars but flying planes to work.

the worls cheapest lap top came out today? how long till the cheapest airplane comes out?
Posted: 13 May 2010 at 15:06

Wolfgang Grulke Blimps rule?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/30/blimps-aircraft-freight

Interesting alternatives are emerging everywhere...

Posted: 1 July 2010 at 11:29
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