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Commercial aviation accounts for 11% of US transportation CO2 emissions and 2.4% of global emissions, and the US is the largest aviation emitter in the world. On Wednesday, 100 environmental organizations urged President Biden to cut airplane pollution. Cutting carbon emissions in the sector is crucial to fighting climate change, but decarbonizing an industry that relies on powerful fuels to get people to their destination safely is a challenge.
The third-largest airline in the world, United Airlines, has pledged to be completely green by 2050, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 100%, and collaborate across sectors to accomplish a collective goal of carbon neutrality. Remarkably, the company has also pledged to achieve these goals without using carbon offsets. The company has built its climate action plan on three pillars: reduction, sequestration, and innovation. United has also invested in the power of electricity purchasing a fleet of electric planes for regional flights, and has been named as Air Transport World’s Eco-Airline of the Year.
We sat down with Scott Kirby, the CEO of United Airlines, who started off as a US Air Force Academy cadet, has worked at the Pentagon for the Secretary of Defense, and was the former president of both US Airways and American Airlines. We wanted to hear what he had to say about United’s efforts to build its climate action strategy, and how airlines and the aviation sector as a whole can create credible, tangible plans for decarbonization.
The Colorado River is drying up, millions are at risk of losing their water supply, and Indigenous communities are fighting to keep their water rights. The Western megadrought is taking its toll on American communities, but how did we get here? In his new film, River’s End: California’s Latest Water War, Jacob Morrison delves […]
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and HP just announced that they’re taking their friendship to the next level. The odd couple is teaming up and expanding their partnership to restore, protect, and improve the management of almost one million acres of forest. HP is pledging $80 million to forest conservation and restoration, and not stopping there […]
Researchers from the National University of Singapore used data from more than 1,000 twin siblings to evaluate their opinions about environmental policy. They found identical twins were more likely to have similar views on green policy than non-identical twins, suggesting that support for climate action may have a genetic component. Felix Tropf, a professor in […]
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