239. France Bans Short-Haul Flights: How Bad is Flying for the Environment? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

Thinking in English

Jun 5 2023 • 23 mins

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France has recently banned some short-haul flights in order to reduce the country’s carbon emissions. How bad is flying for the environment? Is France’s ban effective? And should we go further in order to protect the planet?

TRANSCRIPT - https://thinkinginenglish.blog/2023/06/05/239-france-bans-short-haul-flights-how-bad-is-flying-for-the-environment/

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  • To ban (v) - to forbid (= refuse to allow) something, especially officially
  • Sustainable (adj) - causing, or made in a way that causes, little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time.
  • Aviation (n) - the activity of flying aircraft, or of designing, producing, and keeping them in good condition.
  • Contrail (n) - a white line left in the sky by an aircraft that consists of water vapour (= gas) that has condensed (= turned back into very small drops of water).
  • Domestic (adj) - relating to a person's own country.
  • Objection (n) - the act of expressing or feeling opposition to or dislike of something or someone.
  • Viable (adj) - able to work as intended or able to succeed.
  • To offset (v) - to pay for things that will reduce carbon dioxide in order to reduce the damage caused by carbon dioxide that you produce.

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