I’ve seen a lot of attempts to rationalize air travel as not being as destructive as it really is. Possibly, at an “average human” level some of those rationalizations are true. Perhaps, as with so many other things, the problem is a few wealthy individuals and some corporations. The folks at Possible have a study on this. You can download it at the link below. Some highlights include:
In the USA just 12% of people take a massive 66% of flights.
In France 50% of flights are taken by a tiny 2% of the population.
And here in the UK, a mere 15% of the population take 70% of all flights.
Elite Status: How a small minority around the world take an unfair share of flights. — Possible
Emissions from flying are threatening to crash the climate – but not everyone is equally responsible. Our latest report, ‘Elite Status: global inequalities in flying’, reveals that in almost all of the countries with the highest aviation emissions, a small minority of people take up a huge share of
Atlantic Ocean circulation at weakest in a millennium, say scientists
Decline in system underpinning Gulf Stream could lead to more extreme weather in Europe and higher sea levels on US east coast
Climate scientists have been predicting that this would happen to due to climate change for a long, long time. Reading that it is happening is plain frightening.