Jan 18, 2005: Airbus 380 unveiled. Global C02 was… 380 #irony

At a ceremony in Toulouse, the latest and biggest aerial behemoth, the A380 double-decker jumbo was unveiled. It was an elaborate ceremony about which Roland Barthes would have known exactly what to write. And the atmospheric concentrations of CO2 that year? 380…


Aviation, eh? Such freedom, such power, such ease. The Greeks myth-peddlers would have known what to say though. They’d had said that we were melting wax to fix our wings…

By the way, there’s a lovely graph here where you can check out monthly C02 levels back to when you were born (assuming you’re less than 60ish)

See also:

Bridger, R. (2013) Plane Truth: Aviation’s Real Impact on People and the Environment. London: Pluto Press.

Other things that happened on this day:

YEAR:1943Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. You have to fight. Even if you know it is hopeless, you have to fight.

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