by Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel Airplane contrails have long been the subject of a variety of exuberant conspiracy theories, including that of governments spraying toxic chemicals into the air to induce mass sterilization and mind control. Though you shouldn’t pay attention to most of the conspiracy theories, there are real dangers associated with trails […]Continue Reading 403 words
Starting in 2020, France will begin to introduce a new “ecotax” on air travel. The new charge, costing approximately $2 to $20 for every flight departing the country, will be used to generate revenue for more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation, such as rail. Why This Matters: While this tax probably won’t stop people from flying […]Continue Reading 480 words
Last week, leaders in the aviation sector met to discuss how to speed the development of the infrastructure and technology needed to wean airplanes off fossil fuels and onto biofuels instead. Airplane manufacturers have until now focused on investing in improving the fuel efficiency of new airplanes, but because of the growth in air travel, those advances have not resulted in a decrease overall in carbon emissions from the air travel.Continue Reading 520 words
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Air travel, according to Green Biz, is a growing source of carbon emissions, accounting for 2% of all global carbon emissions, and it is expected to increase to 70% above its 2005 levels by 2020, despite the fact that airlines have been successfully working to improve fuel efficiency and put more passengers on planes to improve fuel efficiency per passenger. The challenge is that passenger traffic is up so much that efficiency efforts can’t keep pace.Continue Reading 455 words