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Old 04-16-10, 02:54 AM   #1
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Talk about carbon footprint

Most of Northern and Central Europe's airtraffic is down due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, and it can last for days.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8623534.stm

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'Progressing very slowly'

The European air traffic control organisation, Eurocontrol, said a lack of wind meant the ash cloud created by the volcano underneath Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull glacier was "progressing very slowly eastwards" and remained "very dense".

COUNTRIES AFFECTED
Airspace closed:
UK
Republic of Ireland
Norway
Denmark
Belgium
Netherlands
Finland
Lithuania
Partial closures:
Sweden (northern airspace opened Friday)
France (northern airspace)
Germany (northern airspace)
Poland (northern airspace)
Austria (closures from Friday pm)
The UK, Irish Republic, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Belgium and the Netherlands closed their airspace on Thursday.

France shut down 24 airports in the north of the country, including the main hub of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, while Germany's Berlin and Hamburg airports were also closed on Thursday evening. Frankfurt closed on Friday morning.

Poland closed most of its airspace on Friday but kept Krakow and Rzeszow airports in the south open. Austrian officials said they would have to start closing their country's airspace from late afternoon.
I better get my touring bike and gear, I'm supposed to be in Luxemburg next week for a business meeting.

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Old 04-16-10, 02:55 AM   #2
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this volcano is the best. no more air traffic pollution, no more glabal warming.
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I better get my touring bike and gear, I'm supposed to be in Luxemburg next week for a business meeting.
Easy.
Helsinki, Turku, Stockholm, Koebenhavn H, Hamburg Hbf, Koblenz Hbf, Trier Hbf, Luxembourg.
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Yep. For the heck of it I figured out the same "fastest" alternative by train/ferry. The best part for me would be changing trains at Koblenz, at 5AM.

It might be interesting to try it out some time though, with laptop I might be able squeeze in a couple of office days' worth of working hours during the trip.
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I expect to see a surge in profits for car rentals, if this continues for weeks or years.
So much for saving fuel.
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Crazy! Also, the glacier has the best name ever.
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it's a silicon footprint, same column in the periodic table though
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I saw a report that 17,000 flights have been cancelled, airlines are losing US$200 million a day. This thing is nuts! And it might be followed by the eruption of another volcano nearby that's even bigger.
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Crazy! Also, the glacier has the best name ever.
Hey, check it out. Wikipedia claims that they have someone who can pronounce it.
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Money tip:

You could make some bucks if you buy lots of air fresheners and ship them to Iceland right now.
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Thanks! I'll keep practicing.

For real money, you could probably do worse than shorting airlines right now
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The Prime Minister of Norway is stuck in NY and is governing his country via an ipad!

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/...est=latestnews
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it's a silicon footprint, same column in the periodic table though
geek!!

ok, just kidding.
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I've got a group of friends who got stuck somewhere in France. They rented a car between the four of them and are now taking shifts driving home. I hear traffic is not too good. ETA sometime tomorrow.

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geek!!

ok, just kidding.
No, it's a fair cop.

But society's to blame.

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The Prime Minister of Norway is stuck in NY and is governing his country via an ipad!

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/...est=latestnews
Wow talk about product placement.
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