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The overwhelming evidence shows us that consumers are not ready to cut air travel out of their lives altogether (yet!), so here is some practical advice to help reduce the damage resulting from our love affair with jet setting:
If you are going to fly consider carbon offsetting
For shorter distance journeys, consider using the train. When calculating the time of your journey always remember to factor in time taken getting to the airport, checking in and reclaiming luggage, and do not forget to figure in parking costs and transfers when calculating overall costs. It may turn out that the train is not much slower and costlier than flying after all.
The new terminus at St Pancreas cuts journey times to Paris and Brussels by 20 minutes and makes possible direct journeys from outside of London to the Europe.
At Green Innovation we excited by recent developments in the field of airship or 'blimp(!)' travel. Watch this space for details.
For more information visit the UN's new eco travel site, at Green Passport

Research into hydrogen fuel continues apace and Boeing revealed that it's protoype hydrogen powered plane carried out a successful test flight.
This is thought to be the first manned plane to be powered by hydrogen fuel cells, converting it through a chemical reaction into electricity and water. The process creates no carbon pollution making it infinitely greener than conventional combustion engines.
Other recent developments in Green air travel have included:
Electra, a single-seater battery-powered experimental plane developed in France
Virgin flew a Boeing 747 part-fuelled by biodiesel from London to Amsterdam.
Boeing's 787 is to be built of carbon fibre, meaning that it is lighter and will use 20 per cent less fuel than similar airliners.
Critics point out that even with recent advances in green technology, the air industry is still one of the worst and most avoidable polluters of the environment, and the sector is growing much faster than green technology can mitigate its impact. And as Boeing themselves admitt hydrogen cells are unlikely to ever create enough power for a large passenger airliner.
Airbus, manufacturer of the A380 superjumbo, has pledged to produce greener planes before 2020. In additin to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the A380 also generates 20% less carbon dioxide per journey than aircraft did 10 years ago, but increases in oil prices are requiring planes that burn fuel at an even lower rate. Aviation companies are currently looking at fuel cell and carbon capture technologies, but carrying 300, or more, passengers with these engines is currently impossible.
Also under consideration is the more efficient "blended wing" design, which converts an airplane into a giant wing.

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