Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Dodgy eco-statistic

On Sunday's Heaven and Earth Show on BBC1, there was an item about ethical tourism in which a statistic was quoted: a single trip from the UK to Miami would generate the same amount of greenhouse gases as a year's use of a car. It sounds a lot, but it needs to be remembered that that is for the whole plane. You get a lot of people into a plane, and it travels a long way.

The page linked to below indicates that fuel usage per passenger per mile is much the same for planes and cars. Only if we all travelled by train could considerable savings be made.

Round trip travel from Tokyo to New York consumes 5,000 eu.


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