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20 Dec 2007 04:12:35

Aviation growth 'a serious threat' to low carbon future

Aviation growth 'a serious threat' to low carbon future
Aviation emissions represent one of the most serious threats to hopes of the UK achieving a low carbon future, a leading environmental charity has warned.

The fast-growing nature of the aviation industry means it represents a particular problem for those looking to reduce carbon emissions, claimed a spokesman for the World Wildlife Fund.

And he argued that the situation could improve if people were provided with affordable and accessible travel alternatives such as high-speed rail links.

"The growth in aviation emissions is one of the most serious threats to achieving a low carbon future in this country because it is the fastest growing source," he said.

If the alternatives were there for people…if the cost came down people certainly would look at taking the train, particularly as the airport becomes more and more hideous," he added.

According to campaigning group Friends of the Earth, air travel is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gases, with the government predicting there will be 500 million air passengers a year by 2030, compared to 229 million in 2005.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18403020-ADNFCR

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