I was happy to report the good environmental news about British songbirds earlier this morning. Sadly, not everything that flies brings such good tidings.
The Environmental News Network reports that an unpublished study by pollution researchers has concluded that commercial airlines are releasing 20 percent more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than previously believed. Carbon dioxide is, of course, one of the most significant greenhouse gases that contributes to global warming.
This report offers yet one more reason for the abandonment of airplanes as a significant means of intracontinental travel, in favor of more efficient methods of long distance travel, such as trains. Over a hundred years after the Wright Brothers went hop, skip and jump, it’s time for us to get over the gee whiz reaction to the invention of the airplane. Yes, we can fly, but to fly as much as we do is profoundly unwise.