Choose to travel during the day and help lower the impact of aviation on climate change.
According to a study conducted by the University of Leeds, night flights are twice as bad for the environment as day flights, because of the effects of the condensation trails (aka contrails) airplanes leave. According to the study, condensation trails trap heat the same way clouds do. However, during the day, they reflect sunlight back into space and help keep the planet cool.
The UK would reportedly save 2.5% of its annual carbon dioxide emissions by shifting all their night flights to the daytime.
The aviation industry is rapidly growing and the volume of air traffic is set to expand even more in the coming years. So the next time you find yourself planning a trip, book a day flight and make your vacation even more relaxing by knowing you chipped in for the planet and reduced your carbon input.
(Don't forget that you can also offset the emissions of your trip. Although the timing of contrails can help mitigate one aspect of aviation, it's still true that airplane emissions overall are a concern.)
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