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What type of plane is least bad for the planet?
“Flying in general takes a heavy toll on the climate. Aircraft can answer for 9 percent of the United States’ transportation emissions and about 3 percent of our total emissions. Globally, flying let loose 781 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015. Worse still, if things keep on this carboniferous path, airline emissions could triple by 2050.
Travellers would do much better to hop on a train or bus, or perhaps take up long-distance bicycling (it’ll do wonders for your quads!). But you already knew this, right? Enough idling on the runway. Sometimes, there’s a flight you’ve just gotta take – so which type of plane is least bad for the planet?”
Dutch plan: Only zero-emission car sales allowed by 2035
“Now the Netherlands—backed by broad cross-party support—is sending a pretty clear signal to the markets that these growth rates will continue.
Alongside other measures, such as decoupling all housing stock from the natural gas grid by 2050, Cleantechnica reports that the Dutch government has presented an energy plan which mandates 100% of new car sales be zero emission by 2035 at the latest. Meanwhile, in other news, Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City are all banning diesel vehicles by 2025 too…”
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