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Climate Change and Aviation: Issues, Challenges and Solutions

Edited By: Stefan Gossling and Paul Upham

386 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Feb 2009 | #178241 | ISBN-13: 9781844076192
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Trends such as the massive growth in availability of air travel and air freight are among those which have led to aviation becoming one of the fastest growing emitters of greenhouse gases. These trends have also caused a shift in expectations of how we do business, where we go on holiday, and what food and goods we can buy. For these reasons aviation is (and is set to stay) high up on global political, organizational and media agendas.

This textbook provides a comprehensive review of the topic, bringing together an international team of leading scientists. Starting with the science of the environmental issues, it moves on to cover drivers and trends of growth, socio-economics and politics, as well as mitigation options, the result being a broad yet detailed examination of the field.

This is the first textbook to focus on the burning issue of aviation's contribution to climate change. It gives a rounded coverage taking in the science, drivers, socio-economics and politics, and examining possibilities for mitigation.

'A timely, challenging and fascinating book on a topic of central importance to the success or otherwise of our climate change policies.' Professor John Whitelegg, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York, UK 'Climate Change and Aviation presents a clear picture of the transport sector's greatest challenge: how to reconcile aviation's immense popularity with its considerable environmental damage and its dependence on liquid hydrocarbon energy sources. This book avoids wishful thinking and takes the much harder, but more productive, path of considering difficult solutions that clash with short-term and short-sighted expectations about the unlimited growth potential for flying.' Professor Anthony Perl, Urban Studies Program, Simon Fraser University, Canada 'A convincing and timely collection that brings together an impressive range of expertise. The book integrates various perspectives into a powerful core argument - we must do something, and quickly, to tackle the impact of aviation on our environment. The authors recognise the political difficulties associated with promoting change but present constructive options for policy makers. Required reading, especially for transport ministers set on promoting the growth of air travel.' Professor Jon Shaw, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Transport, University of Plymouth, UK 'This is a timely, challenging and fascinating book on a topic of central importance to the success or otherwise of our climate change policies. It sets down a clear marker for what has to be done in the aviation sector.' Professor John Whitelegg, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York, UK


Part I: Aviation and Atmosphere; Introduction: Aviation and Climate Change in Context; Atmosphere and Aviation: The Science; Calculating Emissions and Radiative Forcing: Global, National, Local, Individual; Aviation in a Low-carbon EU; Part II: Drivers and Trends; Low-cost Aviation and Low-cost Travellers; Hypermobile Travellers; Airline Trends in Europe: Network Consolidation and the Mainstreaming of Low-cost Strategies; Part III: Socio-economics and Politics; Economics and Aeropolitics; Aviation and Economic Development: the Implications of Socio-Environmental Costs on Different Airline Business Models and Flight Networks; Air Freight: Trends and Issues; The 'Doing' of Flying: Consumption, Practice, and 'System Ratchets'; Rescaling the Political Economy of Aviation; Part IV: Mitigation; Technical and Management Reduction; Biofuels, Aviation and Sustainability: Prospects and Limits; Voluntary Carbon Offsetting; Assessment of Policy Options; Conclusions and Recommendations.

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Dr. Stefan Gossling is a professor at the Department of Service Management, Lund University, Sweden, and research coordinator at the Centre of Sustainable Tourism at the Western Norway Research Institute. Dr. Paul Upham is a research fellow in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester, UK.

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