I do everything I can in my personal life to reduce my footprint and the emissions associated with my everyday choices. When I step foot on a plane though, it results in immense direct emissions. With more of the world reaching a wealth level that will make plane travel a viable option, what can we do to reduce the huge negative impact that it currently causes. Air travel accounts for ~2.5% of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to this article.
Many people are required to fly for work. If I want to see more of the world (which arguably has value), I can't avoid it. Not flying seem unrealistic for many.
Electric airplanes look like one option - does anybody here know how viable they might be in the shorter term? Waiting 15 years for them seems like too long.