Can climate scientists make a difference by not flying?
April 8, 2015
Standard-Examiner - Globally, air travel accounts for 2.5 percent of greenhouse gas
emissions. If air travel were a country, it would be roughly on par with Germany in
emissions. And if air travel by climate scientists were a city, it would be a one-stoplight
In other words, climate scientists curtailing their air travel would make a microscopic
dent in reducing emissions, but a new paper argues they should do it anyway, because
their influence goes far beyond numbers.
Katharine Hayhoe, a climate modeler at Texas Tech who is also heavily involved with
climate change outreach and education, said when she does fly, she tries to minimize
the carbon intensity by booking as many meetings as possible. Writing from a visit
to Utah, she said she had 6-8 engagements every day over her four-day trip, resulting
in an estimated 35 pounds of CO2 per event or about the equivalent of driving the
40 miles from Ogden, Utah to Salt Lake City.
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