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Aviation industry using sustainable fuels to decarbonise

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The aviation sector remains one of the fastest-growing sources of global emissions.

In a quest to decarbonise, the airlines are pushing for the green light on sustailbale fuels.

While hydrogen and electric aeroplanes seem the perfect solution they are not yet feasible.

For now, 65% reductions in emission has to be achieved by replacing the kerosene with sustainable fuels.

Sustainable fuels are currently priced two to five times higher than their non-eco counterparts. This barrs it from being an economic resource.

However, multiple governmental policies and a strong push from biofuel companies might soon impel the reduction in sustainable fuel cost.

At Glasgow’s COP-26 climate event, aero heavyweights pledged to achieve net-zero by 2050.

In July 2021, the European Union agreed to scale up the use of sustainable fuels to 63% in 2050. Additionally, Britain set its target for 10% by 2030.

Other companies are keen to be part of the solution. They are setting net-zero commitments to reduce their carbon footprint by .

Shreya Vats contributed to this report

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Thunderstorm asthma warning for millions of Australians

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Australians are being warned to stay indoors, as wild weather approaches

As wild weather approaches Australia, there has been a Thunderstorm asthma warning, with some experts saying it could be the worst thunderstorm asthma event since 2016.

In Australia, experts say the ‘perfect storm’ is well and truly on its way.

Melbourne is dubbed the world’s allergy capital by some researchers and residents are warning to brace for a thunderstorm asthma event.

Asthmatics in the country, are urged to prepare for the peak event as it will put allergy and asthma sufferers at risk.

In 2016 ten people died in a thunderstorm asthma event that rocked the nation.

Deadly storms triggered thousands of asthma attacks and there’s fears that will happen again.

The director of two of the state’s pollen monitoring stations has warned the state is “overdue” for another deadly storm

In fact all of Australia’s eastern states are being warned of intense weather systems over the coming days.

Sydney recorded its wettest year in 164 years, with more heavy downpours expected to fall over Australia’s largest city.

The wild weather can be blamed on the La Nina weather phenomenon. The country remains in the grip of a rare third straight year weather event.

The wild weather is expected to continue sporadically for the rest of the year. The advice is to stay indoors, watch out for flash flooding and stay off the roads.

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Rolls-Royce Plc CEO slams aviation for failing on climate targets

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Aviation needs to act on net-zero targets, according to the CEO of Rolls-Royce Plc

Warren East says the sector needs to move towards bio-fuels like hydrogen and electric aircraft.

He believes travellers can look forward to flying on planes that has a gas turbine that’s burning hydrogen.

Speaking at a conference in London, East says transitional technology is the answer that plane-makers are searching for.

“Ultimately, one day I’m pretty confident that you’ll be able to fly from here to San Francisco on an aircraft with something like a gas turbine burning hydrogen, but there’s no way that we’re going to be doing that in the next 15 years.”

WARREN EAST, CEO OF ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

Some companies are already looking at sustainable fuels (SAF), which can offer 80 per cent off carbon emissions across their lifetime.

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Hurricane Ian leaves a path of destruction

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Hurricane Ian leaves a path of destruction as clean-up begins

Hurricane Ian leaves a path of destruction as residents in the impacted areas begin picking up the pieces.

Searches are continuing in some of the hardest-hit regions of Florida.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Florida Task Force One members are conducting evacuation operations via helicopter.

The department said the area around Sanibel Island still remains inaccessible.

“Throughout the search and rescue operations, our crews encountered several elderly residents that needed to be evacuated from those areas that have sustained severe structural damage and have been only accessible by air rescue,” MDFR said in the release.

It added, “due to the inaccessibility, evacuations operations have been conducted via helicopters.

Assisted by the Florida National Guard and the United States Coast Guard, crews have been utilising a hoist to rescue and transport residents out of the island and into a safe zone in the mainland where they can receive medical attention.”

Ian weakened as it made its way northeast through Virginia.

The death toll stands at 78, with at least 74 people losing their lives in Florida and four in North Carolina.

U.S. President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill will now travel to Puerto Rico to assess the damage before moving onto Florida.

It comes as officials in Florida’s Lee County face growing questions over delayed mandatory evacuations when the storm first hit.

The Hurricane battered the states’ critical infrastructure.

Almost 800,000 customers in Florida and 10,000 in North Carolina remain without power.

Meanwhile, Orlando residents have been urged to conserve water after Ian damaged the city’s sewerage system.

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