Simple Flying - Linnea Ahlgren

London City Airport, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, and New York Newark will end up below sea levels if the Paris Agreement fails.

Lately, plenty of airlines have been talking about setting science-based targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction. This means that they have engaged with the Science Based Targets initiative, or SBTi for short, to determine how much they need to cut CO2 emissions to stay in line with the Paris Agreement to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. But what is at stake for the aviation industry if those targets are not met?

By 2050, that mirage-like deadline by which the industry has pledged to reach net-zero emissions, sea levels along the US coastline are set to rise by another half meter. Last year, a Newcastle University School of Engineering study found that a global temperature rise of 2°C, which the Paris Agreement aims to prevent, would put 100 airports across the world below sea level. A further 364 airports would be at risk of coastal flooding.

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