"Traveling alone in a large car can be as bad for the climate as flying, but driving with three in a small car could have an equally low impact as a train ride,"...


A new study compares auto travel to flying and using the train.

Planes, Trains, or Automobiles: Travel Choices for a Smaller Carbon...

Planes, trains, or automobiles: what's the most climate-friendly way to travel? A new study by researchers from IIASA and CICERO brings better estimates of how much personal travel impacts the climate.

A 1000 km trip alone in a big car could emit as much as 250 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2), the researchers calculate, while a train trip or carpooling in a small car could emit as little as 50 kg of CO2 for each traveler.


Tags: big car, car pooling, carbon footprint

Views: 19

Replies to This Discussion

Thanks; that's an eye-opening finding that gives new meaning to the impact of grocery shopping with an SUV!

(And I always appreciate your spot-on, eye-catching Photoshop illustrations!)

Another article about transportation choices, with a similar conclusion:

Flying vs. Driving vs. Bus vs. Train? Fastest, Cheapest, Safest

http://airfare.michaelbluejay.com/modes.html

In addition to safety, speed, cost, and environmental impact, the article also discusses comfort. (For the author, trains win; cars are a close second because you can stop whenever and wherever you want, something that personally appeals to me a great deal!) It points out that time in a car, unlike time on buses, planes, and trains, is "wasted time" unavailable for reading, working, serious phone conversations, sleeping, etc.

RSS

Support Atheist Nexus

Donate Today

Donate

 

Help Nexus When You Buy From Amazon

Amazon

AJY

 

© 2014   Atheist Nexus. All rights reserved. Admin: Richard Haynes.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service