Sep 21, 2007

Aviation and global warming: a change in the air?

Aviation in its current form is unsustainable, but do remarks this week by Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull suggest that he's taking the problem more seriously?

Comments this week by Federal Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull suggest that the Government is beginning to realise the incompatibility between endless growth in the aviation sector and the prevention of dangerous climate change.

At the launch of a Qantas program for passengers to offset their flights, Mr Turnbull claimed that carbon fees for air flights may be inevitable. Asked if fees to offset carbon emissions from flights could become mandatory, the Minister stated, "I think that’s possible".

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