29 Dec '11, 5pm

U.S. Lags As Europe Adopts Airline Pollution Rule

It's time for U.S. to stop opposing regulations Emissions from aircraft are a substantial contributor to global warming. Taking into account greenhouse gas emissions, the warming effect of contrails and aviation-induced cirrus clouds, and anticipated growth in air traffic, scientists estimate that aircraft could be responsible for as much as 10 percent of human-caused global warming by 2050. So, of course the airlines are working hard to reduce these emissions, right? Wrong. For more than a decade, the industry-influenced International Civil Aviation Organization has rejected calls to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from aircraft. Finally, fed up with inaction at the international level, Europe decided to lead the way to a solution. Under a European regulation to go into effect in 2012, flights into or out of European airports will have to account for their contribution ...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2011-december/u-s-lags-as-eu...

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