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Topic: Air Travel

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Farnborough airport’s biggest critic silenced as expansion plans continue

  2024-01-03 in The Guardian

UK’s busiest private jet airfield announced plans to double weekend flights weeks after campaign group chair received injunction

  Tagged under: Air Travel

TSA breaks daily passenger record during Thanksgiving weekend

  2023-11-27 by in Axios

TSA screened just over 2.9 million passengers on Sunday.

  Tagged under: Air Travel

How a small airport in rural Colorado became a landing pad for the rich

  2023-11-04 in The Guardian

Private jet travel is booming – and community members living near airports say they are bearing the brunt

  Tagged under: Air Travel

Britons’ holidays abroad ‘could hit record’ in 2024 despite this year’s woes

  2023-10-31 in The Guardian

Inflation, wildfires and air traffic control chaos have not put people off travelling, Abta finds

  Tagged under: Air Travel | Wildfires

Airlines Are Just Banks Now

  2023-09-26 (or before) by in The Atlantic

They make more money from mileage programs than from flying planes—and it shows.

  Tagged under: Economic Growth | Air Travel

Lufthansa’s Austrian Unit Loses Greenwashing Suit Over Fuel Use - Bloomberg

  2023-09-26 (or before) in Bloomberg

Austrian Airlines AG was found guilty of misleading climate-conscious travelers by suggesting its flights were sustainable, even though they were largely powered by fossil fuels.

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Air Travel

Extreme heat forces US airlines to limit passengers and fuel loads

  2023-07-23 in The Guardian

High temperatures reduce engine performance and the lift airplane wings are able to produce, leading some airlines to warn of delays

  Tagged under: Air Travel

Gatwick submits plans for second runway to double passenger numbers

  2023-07-06 in The Guardian

Airport says runway will generate £1bn for region but campaigners argue it will worsen pollution and emissions

  Tagged under: Air Travel

Private jet sales likely to reach highest ever level this year, report says

  2023-05-01 in The Guardian

Global fleet has more than doubled in two decades, with more private flights made last year than ever before

  Tagged under: Air Travel

Greener flights will cost more, says industry - BBC News

  2023-04-17 (or before) in The BBC

Demand for air travel will be hit as decarbonisation drives up ticket prices, says industry.

  Tagged under: Air Travel | Decarbonisation

Bumpy airplane ride? Blame climate change

  2023-04-09 in

Climate change is causing more wind shear at high altitudes, and that in turn might make your airplane rides bumpier.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Air Travel

France plans 70% 'supertax' on fuel for private jets

  2023-04-07 in

France is set to dramatically increase taxes on fuel for private jets, as the government rejects a proposal from environmentalist and left-wing senators to ban short flights altogether.

  Tagged under: France | Aviation | Air Travel

Amsterdam Hub to Halt Night Flights, Ban Private Jets to Cut CO2

  2023-04-04 (or before) in Bloomberg

Schiphol Airport, a key European transfer hub, plans to stop late night flights and ban private jets to reduce noise and lower CO2 emissions.

  Tagged under: Air Travel

Airlines plot fight-back against France's short-haul flights ban

  2023-01-19 by in Climate Home News

The aviation industry plans to argue that banning short-haul flights is ineffective and impinges on EU citizens' right to travel between countries

  Tagged under: France | Air Travel

Flying more than twice as damaging to climate than previously thought, study finds | The Independent | The Independent

  2022-12-13 (or before) in The Independent

The source of non-CO2 warming set to triple by 2050, according to researchers

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Air Travel

Corporate jets to escape EU’s ‘green’ aviation fuel tax

  2022-06-06 (or before) in The Irish Times

Draft European Commission proposal excludes business and cargo flights

  Tagged under: Air Travel

Johnson’s ‘jet zero’ plan unrealistic and may make UK miss CO2 targets – report

  2022-05-16 in The Guardian

Ministers instead urged to focus on reducing flights and halting airport expansion to cut carbon emissions

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Air Travel

NASA’s tiny electrical aircraft is almost ready for lift-off

  2021-10-21 by in The Verge

Talking with NASA chief Bill Nelson about electric flight.

  Tagged under: Air Travel

How Industrial Fishing Creates More CO2 Emissions Than Air Travel

  2021-03-17 in TIME Magazine

A new study is the first to calculate the immense carbon toll of dragging weighted nets along the ocean floor

  Tagged under: Oceans | Fish | Air Travel

Airbus reveals planes sold in last two years will emit over 1bn tonnes of CO2

  2021-02-26 in The Guardian

Landmark emissions disclosures cover 22-year lifetime of 1,429 aircraft sold in 2019 and 2020

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Air Travel

Bristol reveals plans to pedestrianise historic centre in Covid-19 revamp

  2020-05-21 in The Guardian

Mayor sees pandemic as chance to change travel habits and revitalise city

  Tagged under: Air Travel

Airlines want you to think they’re serious about the climate crisis. They’re not | Max Wakefield

  2020-02-04 in The Guardian

An offer to plant trees to offset carbon emissions isn’t a solution – it’s a licence to continue with business as usual, says environmental activist Max Wakefield

  Tagged under: Greta Thunberg | Air Travel | Trees

Plane wrong: how your bosses should cut back on flights

  2020-01-18 in The Guardian

The global value of business flights is forecast to top £1.3tn by 2023 – here’s how employers can cut the environmental impact

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Air Travel

Electric-Powered Commercial Airplane Makes History

  2019-12-10 (or before) in Fortune

Harbour Air’s electric Beaver aircraft lifted off from Vancouver on Tuesday.

  Tagged under: Air Travel | Aviation

Planes Are Ruining the Planet. New, Mighty Airships Won’t. | by Starre Julia Vartan | OneZero

  2019-11-25 (or before) in

Some scientists are serious about resurrecting zeppelins for low-carbon travel

  Tagged under: Air Travel

Heathrow expansion violates climate rights of children, say lawyers

  2019-10-17 in The Guardian

Appeal court to hear fresh challenge against plans for construction of third runway

  Tagged under: Activism | Greenhouse Gases | Air Travel | Women and Children

Introduce frequent flyer levy to fight emissions, government told - BBC News

  2019-09-27 (or before) in The BBC

The Committee on Climate Change says the extra tax would help curb the growing demand for air travel.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Air Travel

Why carbon offsetting is not the panacea Harry and Meghan might think it is

  2019-08-20 by Emine Saner in The Guardian

Elton John claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private jet use was ‘carbon neutral’. The reality is more complicated

  Tagged under: Carbon Capture and Storage | Carbon Offsetting | Air Travel | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change

Carbon calculator: find out how much CO2 your flight will emit

  2019-07-31 in The Guardian

The Guardian’s carbon calculator works out the emissions on flights from the world’s 100 busiest airports, as well as from selected UK airports

  Tagged under: Air Travel

Air travel is a huge contributor to climate change. A new global movement wants you to be ashamed to fly.

  2019-07-25 by in Vox

Greta Thunberg gave up flights to fight climate change. Should you?

  Tagged under: Greta Thunberg | Climate Change | Air Travel

We Have to Stop Meeting Like This: The Climate Cost of Conferences | The Tyee

  2019-07-24 (or before) in The Tyee British Columbia

A UBC study looked at the carbon cost of conferences and other academic travel. It’s enormous.

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | Air Travel | Sustainability

Record number of flights to take to skies over UK in just one day

  2019-05-24 in The Guardian

More than 9,000 planes will operate, despite fears over impact on the environment

  Tagged under: Air Travel

Ryanair one of Europe's top polluters, EU data suggests - BBC News

  2019-04-02 (or before) in The BBC

It is the first time a company not running a coal-fired power plant has come near the top of the ranking.

  Tagged under: Air Travel | Coal | European Union

Dirty lies: how the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions

  2019-03-22 in The Guardian

The long read: The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal was suppressed for years – while we should have been driving electric cars

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Electric Cars | Cars | Air Travel | Health

Time for politicians to make 'stark choices' over climate change

  2019-01-01 in The Guardian

MPs must show leadership on issues such as meat production and air travel, says Clive Lewis

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Meat Production | Air Travel | Food Production and Consumption

George Monbiot: On the flight path to global meltdown

  2006-09-21 in The Guardian

There is no technofix to the disastrous impact of air travel on the environment, argues George Monbiot in the final extract from his new book - the only answer is to ground most of the aeroplanes flying today.

  Tagged under: Air Travel

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