April 16, 2010, 1:48 pm
Planes or Volcano?
By Lisa Agustin
Looks like another day of closed airports in Europe, due to the all-encompassing ash cloud from the volcano in Iceland. In the meantime, author David McCandless ponders the question: What’s emitting the most CO2 per day? (If you’re curious about the data sources, you can check them yourself via Google docs).
It’s worth a click through to the source on this one — after much discussion on the accuracy of the estimates, McCandless is now on version three of the chart which grants the volcano a lot more respect:
More new info and some shame for us. According to leading geologists, Eyjafjallajoekull is emitting between “150,000 and 300,000″ tons of CO2 a day (source). Despite the attentions of the Icelandic vulcanologists and detailed research, our calculations were apparently off by a factor to 10.
Kudos to McCandless for continuing to examine the data and updating his visual explanation.
Posted by Henry Woodbury on May 26, 2010 at 9:45 am