When Milan Klöwer spoke to Mongabay, he was fresh off the train in Germany. As a postdoctoral researcher and climate scientist at the University of Oxford, Klöwer said he does his best to avoid flying in planes — one of the worst climate change culprits.
“We’re climate scientists and we try to also lower our own carbon footprint,” Klöwer said, “taking an airplane is the one activity which probably unites all of science in terms of where we are really high emitters.”
Airplanes emit around 100 times more CO2 per hour than a shared bus or train ride, and the emissions of global aviation are around 1 billion tons of CO2 per year — more than the emissions of most countries, including Germany. Aviation contributes an estimated 2.4% of global annual CO2 emissions, most of it from commercial travel [Liz Kimbrough, “How Much Does Air Travel Warm the Planet? New Study Gives a Figure,” Mongabay, 2022.04.06].
Noem was going to fly to Maryland next week for a Republican fundraiser. Even though the Montgomery County Republican Club is still headlining Noem in its publicity for the 200-buck-a-pop Red White and Blue Dinner in College Park on the 22nd, doctor’s orders will surely keep her grounded in the Mansion in her slippers and fun bun. Heal your back, Kristi, and heal the planet: stay home!