The Recession Cut Greenhouse Gases, But Now We’re In A Recovery

Eco-Travel — By John Curran on May 31, 2010 at 7:45 am

If there’s a silver lining to the economic crisis that hit some 18 months ago, you can find it in the sky. Actually, you’ll have to look a little higher to the ozone layer.

That’s the findings of the International Transport Forum who detailed their findings in a recent 94-page report. Greenhouse gas emissions dropped by three to 10 percent in the countries that make up the consortium in the past two years, according to EnvironmentalLeader.com.

The good news is that with the transportation sector making up about one-sixth of the global emissions, that provided a significant reduction. Except that it also means that as shipping companies ramp up their deliveries it will get worse again.

ITF points to two factors that should be cause for concern among those worried about global warming: the light road transport industry, panel vans and the like, still make up up to 40 percent of all transportation emissions. Moreover, the airlines that only emit about three percent are likely to triple their passenger capacity in the next three decades.

As Slate’s Green Lantern has proven, trying to find the activities with the least environmental impact can be difficult. But if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to limit some of the impact of your next trip, choose vacation spots that either have food grown and prepared on-site, or are near sea ports. The trucking of supplies to many vacation spots is likely the largest source of greenhouse gases that isn’t directly linked to the facility’s design itself.

[Image: Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources]

Tags: Eco-Travel, greenhouse gases, recessionary spending

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