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Airlines are misleading flyers with carbon-neutral claims, study says

By Natasha White, Siddharth Vikram Philip and Lin Noueihed

10 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

In this article, we hear the latest from the Carbon Market Watch report which found that airlines are purposely misleading flyers. Find out how, here.

Europe’s leading airlines are misleading consumers with claims that they can fly guilt-free by using carbon offsets to neutralize the environmental impact of air travel, according to a new report by the nonprofit Carbon Market Watch.

A temporary dip during the Covid-19 pandemic aside, airline emissions have been steadily rising for the past two decades and, left unchecked, could potentially triple by 2050. Globally, the industry generates roughly one billion tons of CO2 per year — comparable to the emissions of Japan, the world’s third-largest economy.

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