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Volunteers needed! Ensure ICAO’s global aviation climate measure works for people and planet

Right now, 191 countries are in the final throes of negotiating a global climate agreement for the aviation sector. It’s happening at the Assembly of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. By far the majority of countries support the deal, which would require airlines to offset the industry’s growth in emissions from […]

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Brad Schallert (WWF-US), Tim Johnson (AEF and ICSA delegation leader) and myself in front of ICAO HQ.

On flying, forests and phasing out fossil fuels

You probably know that there is a global deal on climate change in the offing in Paris next month. What you may not know is that there is another global climate deal in the offing in Montréal next year – focused on cutting carbon emissions from international flights. Globally, CO2 emissions from aviation are roughly […]

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Jin Kai during training © Wayne Wu/TRAFFIC Illegal Wildlife trade

The great dog detectives

At the arrivals hall of China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, passengers are bustling as usual. Jin Kai is carrying out a routine inspection of passengers’ luggage. Although Jin Kai isn’t the typical airport security officer you’d expect… she’s a Labrador. Jin Kai is one of the first graduates from a detector dog training programme run […]

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Aeroplane in flight

There is no business case for airport expansion

UK newspapers are full of speculation about what Sir Howard Davies and the Airports Commission are going to reveal as their short list for airport expansion, when they publish their interim report on 17 December. According to newspaper reports, Sir Howard is going to be recommending Heathrow as his favoured site for expansion. The debate […]

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Planes, ships and climate change – why aviation and shipping must be included in UK’s carbon plans

International aviation and shipping are the fastest growing sources of carbon dioxide emissions. But back in 2008 when the UK’s Climate Change Act became law, these sectors were not formally included in the 80% greenhouse gas reduction target. It’s time to remedy that. According to the act, the government must decide whether or not to […]

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