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climate change

Won't Change, Will Pay

Published söndag 19 juli 2009 kl 13.07
Planes are the worst climate villains

Although Swedes are known for being eco-conscious it looks like few are prepared to change their holiday plans to save the climate - but they may be prepared to pay extra.

A survey by insurance company Folksam, published on Sunday, shows that 70 per cent of Swedes do not think about the climate consequences of their travelling. But of the 4,200 people questioned 56 per cent were ready to accept extra costs in order to compensate for emissions of greenhouse gasses.

Cars and planes were the most popular methods of travel for respectively 35 and 46 percent of those questioned; only 13 per cent used the far more eco-friendly trains to get to their holiday destination.

But according to Magnus Nilsson, traffic expert at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (naturskyddsföreningen), taking a car for the trip instead of going on a plane is the most important way to minimise the climate impact of one's holiday - since a flight to Thailand and back is the equivalent of driving a car for two years.

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