New study: Climate experts fly more often than other scientists

  • Date: 20/10/20
  • The Times

Scientists who specialise in climate change fly more than other researchers, according to a study by Cardiff University that has prompted calls for them “to look in the mirror” before demanding that others cut emissions.

Climate professors take about nine flights a year on average

Climate scientists take about five flights a year on average for work while other researchers take four. Climate professors catch nine flights a year compared with eight for all professors.

Even when trips for fieldwork were removed from the comparison, climate scientists still flew more than scientists from other disciplines.

The difference could be that climate scientists attend more international conferences, according to Lorraine Whitmarsh, an environmental psychologist and lead author of the study. […]

Academics at Cambridge face permanent restrictions on flying to conferences as the university tries to go carbon neutral.

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Editor’s note: Climate scientists are clearly the favourites to win this year’s Emmas award, our annual celebration of achievement in world-leading eco-hypocrisy.

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