Carbon calculator: how taking one flight emits as much as many people do in a year

(The Guardian, 19 Jul 2019) Even short-haul flights produce huge amounts of CO2, figures show.

Taking a long-haul flight generates more carbon emissions than the average person in dozens of countries around the world produces in a whole year, a new Guardian analysis has found.

The figures highlight the disproportionate carbon footprint of those who can afford to fly, with even a short-haul return flight from London to Edinburgh contributing more CO2 than the mean annual emissions of a person in Uganda or Somalia.

2019 is forecast to be another record-breaking year for air travel, with passengers expected to fly a total of 8.1tn km, up 5% from last year and more than 300% since 1990.

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The Guardian, 19 Jul 2019: Carbon calculator: how taking one flight emits as much as many people do in a year