We’ve come a long way since 1903, when the Wright brothers flew the world’s first powered aeroplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. But our thirst for travel is costing more than an air ticket.
Today, in the U.S. alone, more than 87,000 flights take place every day, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. According to the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), global flights produced 705 million tonnes of CO2 in 2013. ATAG adds that the global aviation industry is responsible for roughly 2 percent of “human induced carbon dioxide… emissions.”
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