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Ban short-haul flights for climate? In EU poll 62% say yes
(Reuters, 10 Mar 2020) European Investment Bank says its survey shows Europeans support action to tackle climate change, even when it impacts their daily lives, but less so when it involves increases in direct costs.
A majority of European citizens would support a ban on short-distance flights to fight climate change, according to a survey the European Investment Bank (EIB) said on Tuesday.
Of 28,088 respondents to the survey, 62% favoured a ban and an even greater majority of 72% said they would support a carbon tax on flights. The poll, conducted in September-October 2019, covered the then-28 European Union member states, including Britain.
It simply asked about support for a ban on short-distance flights and did not specify the length.
Emissions from flights inside the European Economic Area are covered by the EU carbon market. These emissions increased every year over the five years to 2018, according to the latest available EU data.
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