Conservationists take nine flights a year, despite knowing danger to environment, study shows 

Posted: October 11, 2017 by oldbrew in Accountability, Critique, Emissions, research, Travel

All talk and very little action it seems – so what are these ‘fully informed’ conservationists conserving? This Telegraph report gets funnier as it goes along.

Conservationists may preach about the importance of going green to save the planet, but most have a carbon footprint which is virtually no different to anyone else, a new study has shown.

Scientists as Cambridge University were keen to find out whether being fully informed about global warming, plastic in the ocean or the environmental impact of eating meat, triggers more ethical behaviour.

But when they examined the lifestyles of conservation scientists they discovered most still flew frequently – an average of nine flights a year – ate meat or fish approximately five times a week and rarely purchased carbon offsets for their own emissions.

They were also less green in travelling to work than medics, and kept more dogs and cats. A recent study suggested pets are a hefty ecological burden. It takes more than two acres of grazing pasture to keep a medium-sized dog fed with meat, while the eco-footprint of a cat is similar to a Volkswagen Golf.

Even the study’s four authors – all conservation scientists – admitted that between them they took 31 flights in 2016 and had each eaten two meat dinners in the week before submitting the research.

Continued here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    It’s the thought that counts 😉

    Newly-vegan Lewis Hamilton demands Mercedes F1 team develop car that runs on broccoli

    Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has told his Mercedes team he will only continue to drive for them if they develop an engine that runs on vegetables, after turning vegan in order to save the planet.
    . . .
    Experts have said that an engine that runs purely on broccoli could have a significant detrimental effect on performance, and therefore Hamilton’s chances of winning this year’s Formula One championship.

    As one former Formula One engineer explained, “I’d even go so far as to say a Mercedes engine powered by broccoli might even be slower than a Honda.”
    – – –
    ‘the eco-footprint of a cat is similar to a Volkswagen Golf’

    Petrol or diesel 😂

  2. dennisambler says:

    “…six years after leaving Sacramento, he’s still reinventing himself—as a kind of globetrotting do-gooder, promoting a handful of causes like fighting climate change and gerrymandering.

    But mostly, he’s having a hell of a good time. Wherever he goes, everybody knows him. Everybody loves him.

    With a net worth estimated at $300 million, he zips around the world in private jets and has restaurant owners pick up his tab because they’re just so honored he chose to eat there.

    Constant selfies. He sounds off on whatever he wants, but has no actual responsibility. His perfect day is waking up and not knowing what country he’ll eat dinner in.”

    He’ll be back…

  3. tom0mason says:

    I understand that conservationists feel the world’s grief with every flight, and thus they believe that their environmental sins are atoned.

  4. Annie says:

    Re Oldbrew on Hamilton.

    Is it April the 1st yet again?

  5. Robin Heath says:

    My cats reckon they each remove more than 200 small rodents and birds each year, and are thereby rendered carbon neutered.They express dismay at being compared to a VW golf, with or without their fibbing transducers, resent the attack on their cost to the planet and would prefer a more leonine appelative, such as Panther or Jaguar.

    [reply] at least it wasn’t a Mercedes Broccoli 😉

  6. ferdberple says:

    All gore telling Africans to have smaller families so he can have a bigger one.

  7. ferdberple says:

    Obama telling south Africans the planet will burn if south africans get cars and houses.

    Had trump said that he would have been called a racist.

  8. I always wonder why these folks don’t take the obvious step for reducing CO2 by stopping breathing.
    It is (mildly) interesting that a family of four exhales about 2 ton of CO2 every year. If they are using an average car for average mileage per year, their car emits about the same amount of CO2.

  9. pochas94 says:

    Actually the danger from flying off to enviro-hours-of-happiness is, thankfully, nil. If you don’t mind the pain in your wallet, that is.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Philip F: ‘I always wonder why these folks don’t take the obvious step for reducing CO2 by stopping breathing.’

    That’s taking conservation of energy a bit too far 🙂

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