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U.S. Aerospace manufacturers aiming for net zero by 2050

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Aviation industry determined to improve their climate targets to reduce net emissions

U.S. aerospace manufacturers are due to update their climate target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 in a bid to strengthen their climate target.

U.S. Aerospace Industries Association will be discussing the move on Monday, aiming to collaborate with airlines and governments to achieve their climate goal.

A similar proposal will be voted on by global airlines on Monday at the annual International Air Transport Association meeting in Boston.

Previously, the target was to halve net emissions by 2050 from 2005 levels.

The Air Transport Action Group will also be discussing climate targets this week. PHOTO: HD Melbourne Aviation

Currently, aviation contributes to 3 per cent of global emissions, with environmental groups saying more needs to be done by governments to achieve targets efficiently.

Aviation director at Brussels-based Transport and Environment says less travel, specifically corporate travel is a necessary step to reducing emissions.

“Aviation won’t get to net zero by 2050 unless it accepts binding climate laws set at national level,” he says.

Another method involves carbon offset fees which will make flights more expensive but will fund greener travel.

Although difficult to implement, steps to combat carbon emissions are necessary to avoid further global warming, with the U.N reporting a 40 per cent chance of global temperatures rising to 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels in the next five years.

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Why Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport will cap passenger departures

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Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is capping the number of departures until next year

The airport says airlines “are not happy about it” but ultimately had no choice.

It follows a string of airport chaos over the busy summer period in The Netherlands and Europe more broadly.

Caps are expected to extend through the end of March. But authorities will review the situation again towards the end of this year.

The aviation business continues to be plagued by labor shortages on the back of the pandemic.

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Food delivery drone crashes into powerlines

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Thousands of people have been left without power after a food delivery drone crashed into powerlines

Power was restored after 45 minutes after the drone made a pre-cautionary landing.

‘Wing’ is the company behind the incident who use drones for their food delivery services.

A spokesperson for Energex, the company who supplies power to the 300-affected homes says drones can be dangerous.

It’s believed these instances are very rare and the meal was still hot when emergency crews arrived at the scene.

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Huge win for millions caught up in Optus data breach

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Major news for those impacted by the Optus data incident, with authorities working around the clock to get to the bottom of the saga

Is this a sigh of relief for Optus customers?

It is a major win for those who have been impacted by the massive Optus data breach.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed the telco giant will cover the costs of replacing affected customers’ passports, a move he has labeled as entirely appropriate.

The hacker released the personal details of more than 10,000 people on an online forum, before removing the post.

This is evidently a costly move for Optus, but one which many Australians have been calling for.

On the other side of the coin, it will also be a massive undertaking for the nation’s passport office which has been slammed recently as Aussies head back overseas post-Covid.

This comes as the Australian Federal Police launches an operation to support the data breach victims.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Justine Gough says affected customers will receive “multi-layered protection from identity crime and financial fraud”.

As the investigation continues, Australian authorities will also be leaning on their international counterparts for assistance, including America’s FBI.

It’s a massive operation and one that many Australians and indeed people right around the world are watching closely.

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