Aviation

Governments face big decisions over airline bailouts with opposition from activists

What’s Going On Here? The Covid-19 crisis has cost the aviation industry $880 billion worldwide. But as governments scramble to bailout airlines, environmental campaigners are asking for strict conditions on the industry’s future climate impact before taxpayer’s money is handed out. What Does This Mean? Aviation has all but ceased in many countries (follow this dramatic decline in air traffic is being…

Study confirms the richest are responsible for the majority of emissions

What’s Going On Here? A new study published by Nature Energy has confirmed the significant disparity of energy usage between the rich and the poor. What Does This Mean? A study by the University of Leeds combined data from the European Union and World Bank to calculate the difference in energy footprints between 86 countries. It identified that the wealthiest tenth of people globally consume approximately…

Coronavirus puts the spotlight on “Ghost Plane” mal-practice

What’s Going On Here? 😢 Just last week airlines were being forced to waste thousands of gallons of fuel flying empty ‘ghost’ planes in order to keep flight slots during the coronavirus outbreak. 😍 Thankfully pressure on the regulators has put a hold to the madness! What Does This Mean? In order for airline companies to use an airport, they need to own a “slot pair”…

The STAGgering truth about Stag and Hen Dos

What’s Going On Here? New research has found that stag and hen dos account for a huge proportion of flights for young people in the UK! What Does This Mean? Research carried out by the environmental charity Hubbub that surveyed of 2,000 people found that half of all flights taken by men aged 20-45 were for stag-dos, and a third for women of the…

Could You Stay on the Ground in 2020?

What’s Going On Here? The Swedish organisation ‘We Stay on the Ground‘ have launched a ‘Flight Free 2020’ campaign urging people all around the world to commit to giving up flying for an entire year to reduce their carbon footprint and help raise awareness of the climate crisis. What Does This Mean? Back in June we wrote about ‘flygskam’ – the Swedish word meaning…

Flygskam: It’s a Flying Shame for Sweden and France

What’s Going On Here? No this isn’t a typo, the Swedes who have a word for everything, have coined a new one…‘Flygskam’. It means ‘flight shame’ and its intentions to discourage air travel seem to be working. How Do You Pronounce Flygskam? Pronounced ‘Fleeg-skaam’ the word has become popular in raising awareness of the large carbon footprint that air travel has, compared…

Tesla of the skies: Easyjet Working on Cheap Electric Flights!

What’s Going On Here? Aviation giant Easyjet, have announced that they are partnering with European startup Wright Electric, aiming to create cheap electric flights by 2027. What Does This Mean? The year-old startup, Wright Electric, who have recently been funded by world-class technology incubator Y Combinator, is partnering alongside Easyjet with the dream to create the world’s first fully electric passenger aircraft. “Easyjet has had discussions…