Climate scientists found to fly more than other researchers: Climate change researchers, and particularly professors, are found to fly more than other researchers.
A survey carried out by the Cardiff University – led Centre for Climate and Social Transformation (CAST) has found, which suggests while non-climate researchers take four fights per year, climate experts take about five domestic and international flights per year.
The frequency 0f international travel of climate and sustainability experts is higher compared to other types of researchers, the report findings also show.
Job seniority, also sees higher levels of flying, the study also has found.
Climate scientists, the survey of more than 1,400 university researchers found, are more likely to have taken steps to reduce or offset their flying as they appear to be more concerned about the impact of aviation on climate change.
Lorraine Whitmarsh, Director of CAST Professor said: “Our findings highlight that climate scientists, like many other professionals, can struggle to square their environmental commitments with competing professional and personal demands, and academia itself is not doing enough to change this culture.”
Aviation is projected by 2050, to account for around one-quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to the European Environment Agency, releasing more carbon dioxide per passenger kilometre than other transport modes.
Climate scientists found to fly more than other researchers