Most of us love air travel from one destination to another and we love to get the aerial view of the cities around the world. It is not uncommon to have anyone who mainly gets to only travel on land get excited over the idea of flying. And air travel definitely has its benefits and exciting moments, right from the desire to get a window seat to maximize the benefits of a guaranteed perfect aerial view to the thrill of cruising several thousand feet above the ground.
Damages of Air Travel on Our Environment
It is indeed an experience that one would probably want to take advantage of severally. It has its disadvantages though, for example, any aviation accident has fatal effects and may probably not have any survivors after the accident.
It is also a very expensive affair to construct an airport and purchase all the airplanes used in air transport, so it requires a huge capital outlay in order to be effected. Additionally, in relation to the environment, air travel has increasingly caused concern over the pollution it causes on our environment. The negative impact caused by air transport on our environment is outlined below;
• It has been estimated that air travel contributes at least 3-30% of all the global warming on our earth. One transatlantic return flight for example, emits almost half of the carbon dioxide emissions as from all the other sources like heating, lighting and car use, according to research.
They are mainly a source of greenhouse gases like nitrogen oxides, water vapour and carbon dioxide CO2). Chemicals like Benzene which are found in cigarettes are to make used this fuel. Research documents that in order to stabilize the atmospheric carbon dioxide current levels, we need to work towards ensuring that our total carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 60%; and already, the developed world emits more than its fair share due to all the industrialization and developments going on.
• Water vapour emitted by the aircrafts reacts with nitrogen dioxides in the atmosphere leading to destruction of the ozone layer in the stratosphere Nitrogen found below the ozone layer (in the troposphere) contributes to ozone formation, but unfortunately, it doesn’t assist in replenishing the ozone layer at this level.
Instead, it actually contributes to the smog found around the airports and additionally acts as a greenhouse gas. Another negative effect of water vapour is that it leads to the formation of increased cirrus clouds, and this contributes to global warming.
• Additionally, it has been proven that contribution to the negative impact on the environment is caused by the aviation industries themselves, over and above the emissions from the airplanes. This is mainly brought on in the course of processing and transporting the aviation fuel. The whole process of maintaining and manufacturing the airplanes, the airports and all the vehicles used in support services have gone a long way in the creation of extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
• Air transport consumes particularly large quantities of non-renewable fossil fuel. The jet fuel that is used in the aircrafts is mainly non-renewable and the need to find alternative sources of energy to be able to sustain air transport cannot be underestimated.
It is needful that a solution is found soon to this predicament, so that we will not soon deplete this valuable resource. It is therefore correct to say that air travel essentially promotes an unsustainable form of transport.
• Jets that are mainly used in army operations are some of the noisiest crafts in aviation. Together with other passenger and cargo airplanes, though these may not produce as much noise as the jets, aircrafts in general are a major source of noise pollution in our environment.
So the next time you need to air travel, consider the environment and where possible, find alternative means of transport to your destination.
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This article was written by Jack Donovan. He often writes about the environmental and social effects of smoking on his own blog electro-sigarette.com. Connect with him on google plus here.