Air travel growth suggests ‘sustainable’ and ‘development’ are not compatible - cleantech perspectives @ Clixoo
Air travel is not the only threat to life on earth, but it is a useful barometer of runaway economic growth and development that, if allowed to continue unmitigated, will irreparably harm the planet
Moo: I recently read that a round trip between Singapore & New York by air consumes as much energy per traveller that’s equal to using a 1 ton AC as for 24 hours a day for one full year. Sounds like an exaggerated estimate.
Xoo: Not at all, Moo. If you go by energy equivalence, what you have mentioned is a fairly accurate estimate.
Moo: Well then, It feels almost criminal to fly, Xoo.
Xoo: Yet there are close to 40 million flights each year. Assuming each flight carries an average 100 people, 4 billion person trips are made by air each year.
Moo: Surely a good proportion of flying can be eliminated?
Xoo: Without a doubt, Moo. With digital technologies and Internet providing such a real and almost business meeting experience, I foresee significant reduction in business air travel.
Moo: But what about people who love to fly? How can we get them to reduce the amount of air travel?
Xoo: In many experience, Moo, there’s one lever that has almost always worked to shape behaviour.
Moo: And that is?
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