Air France jet (Credit: ahmad kanaan, via Flickr)
The growing number of airplane passengers will outpace efforts to reduce aviation emissions, according to The Guardian. Researchers from the Centre for Environmental Science at the University of Southampton made the connection in a study published in the journal Atmospheric Environment.
A large part of the rise in aviation passengers is due to a trend of lower ticket prices, something that doesn’t appear to be going away. According to the researchers, prices would have to go up 1.4 percent each year to offset aviation emissions rises, where instead ticket prices have gone down by about the same yearly between 1979 and 2012.
The scientists also found that moves to lower demand in the aviation sector would be quite difficult to do. National governments and prominent airlines would resist those efforts, they say, and the researchers call for the formation of an international regulating body to enforce reduction measures.
Image: Air France jet (Credit: ahmad kanaan, via Flickr)