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|'For many people reading this, air travel is their most serious environmental sin. One round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates about 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person. The average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide a year; the average European, 10. So if you take five long flights a year, they may well account for three-quarters of the emissions you create. 'For many people in New York City, who don't drive much and live in apartments, this is probably going to be by far the largest part of their carbon footprint.'... Though air travel emissions now account for only about 5 percent of warming, that fraction is projected to rise significantly, since the volume of air travel is increasing much faster than gains in flight fuel efficiency. ..Which is why, in 2008, the European Union decided to bring aviation into its emissions control plan|
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