Saturday, 26 June 2021

Air travel, global warming, and the COVID-19 pandemic

I have a long feature today in the Sierra Club’s online magazine, SIERRA, on air travel, global warming, and the COVID-19 pandemic:

The Biden Administration Wants to “Build Back Better” — What Could That Mean for Air Travel?

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic reduced air travel and its climate footprint to about 10 percent compared to 2019, and environmentalists saw a window of opportunity. But as of this summer, air travel is “recovering” rapidly. Aviation is a significant contributor to global warming. Our planet can ill afford for us to keep building on the same air transportation system. And the problem extends beyond carbon—planes’ nitrogen oxide, sulphate aerosols, and water vapor emissions create contrails and cirrus clouds, potentially doubling their contributions to the climate catastrophe.

What would a policy solution even look like?

[Read more on the SIERRA Web site.]

Link | Posted by Edward on Saturday, 26 June 2021, 05:47 ( 5:47 AM)

United Airlines has announcd a post-pandemic business strategy that included new and renovated planes with a higher percentage of first and business-calls seats:

United claims these new planes will be "more fuel-efficient", even though less dense seating configurations will actually make them substantially less fuel-efficient per average seat mile:

Posted by: Edward Hasbrouck, 30 June 2021, 03:51 ( 3:51 AM)
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