The Sierra Club has launched a campaign to mobilize public support for tougher regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. The campaign page asks visitors to voice their concerns to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.
“Real change is possible,” Sierra Club writes. “The EPA has estimated simple changes would make engines more efficient and reduce drag, cutting emissions by 13%. The airline industry has also said they could make additional changes that would improve fuel efficiency by 30%!”
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Despite intermittent reports that the industry is improving its performance, aircraft pollution is on track to triple by 2050, the campaign site notes, and already has “a major impact on the health of the communities that live near airports and on the climate. A 2014 study found that children who live near airports are up to four times more likely to experience asthma symptoms, and adults are twice as likely to have a chronic lung disease.”
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