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Environmentally-Friendly Transport

Be it by plane, train, or automobile, the movement of commercial goods traditionally requires a constant supply of fuel. According to Climate Central, a ship emits about 0.4 ounces of carbon dioxide to transport two tons of cargo one mile. And marine transport is a relatively environmentally friendly option; that 0.4 ounces of CO2 is about half as much as a train, one-fifth as much as a truck, and only one-fiftieth of what an airplane would release to transport the same goods.

The Hyperloop, on the other hand, is incredibly fuel-efficient, traveling at high speeds with relatively low emissions. In fact, preliminary designs project that the Hyperloop will move at 700 miles per hour -- compare that to 500 mph for an airplane and 200 mph for a high-speed train. Some people may be uncomfortable with the idea of hurtling along at 700 miles per hour in a windowless tube, but freight, most likely, wouldn’t be bothered at all.

As far as scope goes, Dubai is just the beginning for this futuristic freight transport system. Hyperloop One, currently based in central California, envisions the Port of Los Angeles as an eventual hub, one day spiriting goods up and down the West Coast and throughout the country. And if California’s reputation for trendsetting innovation is any indication, this is just the beginning for a bigger, better, and more efficient global supply chain.


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