Air travel emissions are actually far worse than everyone thought
Belgium - Flying around the world, or just jumping states, seems to have a bigger effect on driving climate change than we thought.
According to Euronews, research from the European Commission showed that although CO2 from air travel is a contributor to rising temperatures, other types of emissions from flights make up around two-thirds of airplanes' climate impact.
The mix of non-CO2 emissions coming out of jet engines includes a type of nitrogen oxide, soot, oxidized sulfur, and water vapor. And those different gases and particles can have a strong warming effect when they are floating around high above our heads.
Most jets fly at a cruising altitude of over 31,000 feet, and up that high there isn't much insulation from the power of the sun.
That means that when their engines spew out a mix of warming gases, it hits the climate harder than the same emissions would at lower altitudes.
But concerns of worsening climate change haven't done much to stop the richest 1% of people, who are the most frequent flyers, from contributing 50% of aviation emissions, according to Forbes.
Dropping the use of fossil fuels and changing how our transportation systems work is one part of tackling the climate crisis.
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