Leading climate researcher calls for ban on domestic flights in Germany to save emissions

Posted: March 11, 2019 by oldbrew in alarmism, Emissions, opinion, Travel
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How about a ban on endless international climate conferences that lead to hundreds of flights – including many long-haul – but produce little of value, ‘to save emissions’? In fact the ’20 flights in a lifetime’ proposed here would probably have that effect anyway. The report ends with an apparent claim that particulates in the air are a ‘climate problem’.

Leading German climate scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber has called for a substantial shift in strategy for the tourism industry to make sure that its carbon footprint does not contribute to the sector’s possible demise.

“Tourism bites the hand that feeds it if it contributes to climate change,” the former director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) said at the ITB international tourism fair in Berlin.

If beaches around the world are flooded due to a global rise in temperature of 4 or 5 degrees Celsius, “there will be no more beach tourism,” Schellnhuber said.

Radical measures are necessary to bring down tourism emissions, the climate researcher said, arguing that “domestic flights within Germany should be banned” and replaced by a better continental high-speed train network.

“This is one of the innovations that I would say should rank high on the German government and the EU’s agenda,” Schellnhuber said in an article in the Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung.

Schellnhuber also proposed that air travel be reduced to 20 flights in a person’s lifetime and that its price should be increased considerably. “This would bring air travel to an acceptable level,” he argued.

The climate researcher also said that the cruise industry is putting an increasing burden on the climate, with some ships emitting as much particulate matter as one million passenger cars, even though more climate-friendly propulsion systems like liquid gas or sails are available.

Source here.

Comments
  1. tom0mason says:

    Maybe if you add in iPhone addicted pedestrians, and a some surveillance cameras around the streets this is the view Hans Joachim Schellnhuber hopes for Germany and Europe …

  2. ivan says:

    “Tourism bites the hand that feeds it if it contributes to climate change,”

    He would say that wouldn’t he considering his position in the UN Church of Climatology, he also has to try and keep the scam going because if the truth came out he could well be tarred and feathered for costing the taxpayers so much.

    That being said this guy is a total technological idiot and has drunk too much of the green kool aid to have any functioning brain cells working. If this is the level of competence of ‘researches’ at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research then everything from there can be ignored with impunity.

  3. Ian W says:

    If the fuel consumption per paying passenger is calculated for modern aircraft it is around 120 mpg or better. Aircraft do not require vast networks of iron rails or interstates/motorways/autobahns with their continual maintenance requirements. Aircraft only require infrastructure at their departure and arrival points. If an honest appraisal of environmental efficiency and impact were to be undertaken then aircraft would actually be shown to be more environmentally friendly than railways or road vehicles.

    But this is a climate debate so reality doesn’t matter 🙂

  4. Dave Ward says:

    Replaced by a better continental high-speed train network”

    Which, presumably, will only work when the sun is shining and/or the wind is blowing. By the time this network gets built there won’t be much else to power it…

  5. Kip Hansen says:

    He is right about internal domestic flights “domestic flights within Germany should be banned” and replaced by a better continental high-speed train network.” Germany is only the size of New Mexico or Montana and already has lots of rail infrastructure. They should be able to take a train faster than they can drive to the airport, wait for a flight, fly, rent a car and drive to the city they really wanted to go to.

    They should ban air travel by any and all European Union officials — and save themselves from that tyranny.

    And no more COP24s….

  6. Patrick healy says:

    Ivan, it is interesting that you used the term “UN church of climatology” as perhaps you may be unaware that this imposter wrote an Marxist encyclical for ‘my’ Marxist pope a few years ago telling us Catholics we are to change our religion and worship Gaia – to save the “planet” Furthermore he is a member of the Vatican Academy of Science, for which I am totally ashamed.
    So you are spot on.

  7. Stuart Brown says:

    Munich to Hamburg, about 370 miles (pretty much as far as you can go and stay in Germany)
    By train – 5.5 hrs direct, €106 at sensible times
    By plane – 1.2hrs, €155.

    Which would you do? For Germans it could be a choice.

    London to Edinburgh is about 330miles
    By train – 5 hrs €197 (for consistency)
    By plane – 1.25 hrs €56

    A while since I did it – but I flew!

    (omio.co.uk – just because it came up in Google)

  8. oldbrew says:

    German rail already advertises like this:
    No traffic jams, no check-in queues, no stress, no transfers and naturally no CO² emissions!

    https://www.bahn.com/en/view/trains/long-distance/vde8.shtml

    The new Berlin airport is about 10 years behind schedule, so far.

    In May 2016, it emerged that a whistle blower on the airport project, who had alerted the public to major corruption within the project, had been poisoned with a “deadly substance” but survived after a three-month period of illness.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Brandenburg_Airport

  9. Curious George says:

    Schellnhuber also proposed that air travel be reduced to 20 flights in a person’s lifetime
    That should be reduced to 10 flights for climate researchers.

  10. Phoenix44 says:

    The flight time might be an hour or so but if you have to get there an hour before, wait twenty minutes for baggage and then spend an hour getting in to the city, that 1.2 hours becomes 3.5 or more.

  11. John, UK says:

    The Trainline London – Edinburgh today 0930 £146.40, 4hr 19min, advance £26.50 times vary.
    no doubt both considerably cheaper with a railcard.

  12. Graeme No.3 says:

    “If beaches around the world are flooded due to a global rise in temperature”
    I understand that The Maldives went under water last year as per previous predictions. So they wasted their money on the new airport to boost tourism.

  13. hunterson7 says:

    Schellnhuber is giving Ehrlich a run for the money for worst scientist/best hack ever

  14. nickreality65 says:

    By reflecting away 30% of the incoming solar energy the atmosphere/albedo make the earth cooler than it would be without the atmosphere.
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6503085690262216704

    Greenhouse theory has it wrong.

    The non-radiative processes of a contiguous participating media, i.e. atmospheric molecules, render ideal black body LWIR from the surface impossible. The 396 W/m^2 upwelling from the surface is a “what if” calculation without physical reality. (TFK_bams09)
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6507990128915464192

    Greenhouse theory has it wrong.

    Without the 396 W/m^2 upwelling there is no 333 W/m^2 GHG energy loop to “warm” the earth.
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6457980707988922368

    Greenhouse theory has it wrong.

    These three points are what matter, all the rest is irrelevant noise.

  15. bitchilly says:

    “If beaches around the world are flooded due to a global rise in temperature of 4 or 5 degrees Celsius, “there will be no more beach tourism,” Schellnhuber said.”

    If my auntie had balls she would be my uncle. Another clown that hasn’t a clue about what he speaks.I have seen beaches form and disappear in less than a year on the UK coast.
    Maybe if the increased storminess forecast comes to pass (see auntie comment above) the increase in wind and waves will see sand created far faster. Yes, the last sentence to this is slightly sarcastic 🙂

  16. Ve2 says:

    It doesn’t matter what you concede to a fanatic they will always want more.

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