Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I like to fly, but it seems unfair that the rates are so low. Can I offer reasons why you might fly with a conscience?

is time for the aviation industry to pay the ferryman. Far has turned flying over the regulation of climate change, but April 30, 2013, the EU dictates that they must register for emissions trading. Like other highly polluting industries, this means putting a cap on carbon emissions of aircraft arriving at or departing from EU airports. Airlines trade pollution permits in a carbon market for aviation. The theory is that fleets that are low in carbon would be rewarded and would encourage airlines to invest in green parks.

OK, so this is not a tax on kerosene and there are plenty of turbulence ahead - industry lobbyists are fighting furiously to dilute the law and outside the EU, some companies refuse to report their emissions. (Absurd, China claims exemption because of being a developing country.) But the fact that the aviation industry is made to act like other major energy consumers (commercial U.S. airlines heartburn 50m gallons of fuel per day) can provide relief.

is true, this industry can be difficult to love. Traditionally countered criticism from environmentalists causing "hairy" (named after Michael O'Leary of Ryanair) or declaring that air transport accounts for only 2% of greenhouse gas emissions. Critics argue that it does not take into account the radiative forcing: altitude, the negative effects of burning kerosene are amplified to the power of three

be fair, there were some green innovation. The aircraft was upgraded to more efficient models. Check each airline for the "environment" to sell their fleets (the latest available). But the gains in energy efficiency can only go so far. Some airlines, especially BA and Virgin have begun to take an interest in alternative fuel sources, including biofuels. Virgin Atlantic flew a plane to Amsterdam in 2008 with an engine with a ratio of coconut oil and babassu nuts, other companies have used jatropha oil and algae even increase the content biofuels in each flight. Butit is still a very small proportion of fuel, and the land where crops to be? The land required for food?

Despite many unanswered questions, including climate change protesters seem to fly these days (I note some received their boarding pass after negotiations on climate change in Copenhagen collapsed. Was is the last show of frustration kick the planet?). Unfortunately, there is still no such thing as a jet-setting eco.


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demonstrators term is used for the government's plans to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board, which sets a minimum wage for agricultural workers in Britain 154,000. They fear that this leaves many in poverty.

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