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The Galapagos Airport is Now Powered Entirely by Green Energy

How a tiny island chain became a world leader in wind and solar power.

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For the past several months, aviation aficionados and green-energy enthusiasts alike have been eagerly following the progress of the Solar Impulse “perpetual endurance” airplane as it attempts to circle the planet using nothing but energy provided by our sun. While that craft is, at present, a single, custom-built flyer, and not the sort of thing likely to replace an airline’s current fleet of jets any time soon, it does offer a tantalizing glimpse at a possible future for air travel—a future in which our skies fill with planes that are safe, efficient, and entirely ecologically friendly. Unfortunately, the Solar Impulse is currently grounded in Hawaii, following damage to its solar batteries. But while the Impulse may not be slated to return to the air until sometime in 2016, there’s been another major milestone in green aviation in the meantime. One that’s considerably more down to Earth.

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Swedish Airport Arcade Wants Your Coins for a Good Cause

Sweden’s “Charity Arcade” gives travelers the opportunity for some retro gaming with a do-good twist.

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Most travelers stuck in international airports have two things to kill: time, and money. Specifically, the foreign currency that visitors have yet to exchange to match either their country of origin or destination. With that in mind, Airports have devised any number of ways to separate guests from their various coins. Shops, kiosks, and food courts all exist to entice air travelers into spending money while laid over in various concourses and terminals around the globe.

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Great News: Airport "Hydration Stations" Are Catching On

Add Atlanta's to the list of airports with handy "hydration stations" for your reusable water bottle. This idea is a no-brainer.

Even the most stalwart opponents of purchasing bottled water occasionally find themselves thirsty in a captive environment and opening their wallet in exchange for our most basic natural resource. Airports are one of these captive places, and not coincidentally, the cost of bottled water in airports is high. The recycling rate of these single-use plastic containers is very low.

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Are Frequent Fliers to Blame for Extreme Weather Delays? Should Fear of Climate Change Make Us Stop Flying?

The holidays saw a series of extreme weather delays around the world. Will it make us reconsider our extreme behavior when it comes to air travel?

The truth of the situation didn't occur to me until the second time I tried to depart from Newark Airport in three days. My original flight, like thousands of others, had been canceled courtesy of the Boxing Day Blizzard up and down the East Coast, which poured more than two feet of snow, unleashed 60 mile-per-hour winds, and brought perpetually resilient New York City to a grinding halt. Thousands of flights were canceled and tens of thousands of passengers were stranded in a debacle that's estimated to cost the airlines more than $150 million. As I tried desperately to board a flight—any flight—that would take me to Denver, my fellow passengers screamed at gate agents, barked into their cell phones at hold messages, and called Continental unpublishable names on Twitter. But I didn't blame the airlines. I blamed myself.

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GOOD Design Daily: An Airport Both TSA and Travelers Can Love

SFO's new T2 is designed by San Francisco-based Gensler to calm travelers during what has become a high-stress, high-security period.

With the first wave of holiday travel behind us, and everyone up in arms about the TSA's mini-massage parlors, what better time to reveal details about a smart, sustainable new terminal for San Francisco's International Airport? SFO's T2, which will serve as a hub for American Airlines and Virgin Airlines, is designed by San Francisco-based Gensler to calm travelers during these now high-stress, high-security periods.

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