One of Britain’s most senior clergy, the Bishop of London has declared that it is a “sin” to fly on holiday, to drive a “gas-guzzling” car or fail to use energy-saving light-bulbs.The Bishop, Richard Chartres, told the Sunday Times that “making selfish choices such as flying on holiday or buying a large car are a … Read More
UK Food Miles Increase
Carbon emissions from aircraft and lorries delivering food to British supermarkets and restaurants have increased so much that they are now at record levels, the UK government has admitted. Road and air food miles generated nearly 18 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2004, up 6 per cent on the previous year.
As High As The Sky
Three months ago, I predicted airlines would feel the first pinch of peak oil. They’re pinched and passengers are screaming. My ears are full of complaints from friends who’ve been traveling in the past month. I’ve got to fly in 10 days; I’m not looking forward to it. The price of oil is creeping toward … Read More
Airlines Reeling After EU Vote
European airlines are said to be “reeling” after amazing developments at the EU yesterday over the environmental impact of flying. MEPs voted in favour of the “immediate introduction” of a tax on jet fuel for flights within the 25 member states of the EU. Because the cost of “cheap flights” is so low the charge … Read More
Labour Fails Election Pledge on Climate As Airlines Fight ETS Scheme
Maybe Tony Blair should have changed a few more light bulbs than just the one outside Downing Street, (see blog below), as Labour has admitted it will break a key election pledge to radically cut CO2 emissions. Although the target is a 20 per cent cut by 2010 – Labour has acknowledged emissions will only … Read More
Night Flights Worse for Climate
Sick of those red-eye flights? Well you can get more sleep and help the fight against global warming by no longer flying at night. The reason? A new study has found that the condensation trails, or contrails, left by the exhaust of aircraft engines contribute more to global warming during the night than by day. … Read More
The Future of Air Travel Lands At Heathrow
To its supporters its shear size is something special, for the Airbus 380 that landed for the first time at London’s Heathrow yesterday is enormous. Its wing span is bigger than a football pitch – it weighs 150 tonnes and can carry some 840 passengers, that’s over 400 more than a 747.