Is it really greener to fly?

Until the other week, I’d assumed that it was com­pletely clear that fly­ing (par­tic­u­larly long-haul, but all fly­ing to some extent) was a really Bad Thing in terms of its con­tri­bu­tion to cli­mate change. I’ve not stud­ied the cli­mate change sci­ence in much detail, but I con­stantly hear from those who have that fly­ing is a major con­trib­utor of the emis­sions that are caus­ing cli­mate change. And of course that’s a major motiv­a­tion for our dec­sion to go to Greece by train this summer.

So I was a bit taken aback to read an art­icle in New Scientist a couple of weeks ago, entitled Train can be worse for cli­mate than plane. Could we really be hop­ping on a budget flight to get to Athens in just a few hours while sav­ing the planet, our bank bal­ances and our green cre­den­tials? Continue read­ing