03 January 2008

Otago University research on carbon footprint of visitors to New Zealand

The New Zealand Herald is carrying a 3 January 2008 NZPA report on research by two Otago University physicists, Inga Smith and Craig Rodger, into the carbon footprint of air travel by visitors to New Zealand. The report puts into context the estimated size of the emissions.

I will be interested to see the details of the assumptions used to make their calculations.

Another New Zealand-based academic taking a close interest in these issues is Susanne Becken at Lincoln University.

Over the last year aviation and the environment issues have been taking up an increasing proportion of my work time and this is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.

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