As summer draws to the close and the memories of beach-side holidays begin to fade, the idea of your next vacation occupies your every thought. However, little thought is given to the devastating environmental effects our travelling could have.
Activists and residents alike often point to cars and boats as key factors in the destruction of the world’s climate, so why is little attention given to a machine that is literally pumping. Fumes. Into the world’s atmosphere (unless you believe that chemtrails is a government conspiracy).
2019 is set to be another record-breaking year for air travel, with almost 40 million flights expected to depart from airports worldwide – that’s more than 100,000 trips per day. In Malta, a massive 638,093 people used air travel in 2018.
At present, the aviation sector itself currently accounts from about 2% of global emissions, but it is still one of the fastest-growing pollutants, with research showing it could double even if planes become more sustainable.
Using figures from German nonprofit Atmosfair, Lovin Malta took a look at how much CO2 your flight emits per person:
*The figures include only the CO2 generated by burning jet fuel, not any emissions embedded in the construction of the plane or any other greenhouse gases that might be produced, such as water vapour