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By Christina Beckmann

Posted: September 2, 2020


A few articles that caught our interest as of late. 

This double-decker plane seat design could be the future of air travel. by Eben Diskin, Matador Network. Airplanes might soon get the British bus treatment. To increase comfort and social distance, an ingenious design called Zephyr Seat, featuring double-decker lie-flat seats, is being considered by major airlines.

Compound climate risks in the COVID-19 pandemic by Carly A. Phillips, Astrid Caldas, Rachel Cleetus, Kristina A. Dahl, Juan Declet-Barreto, Rachel Licker, L. Delta Merner, J. Pablo Ortiz-Partida, Alexandra L. Phelan, Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Shuchi Talati, Christopher H. Trisos and Colin J. Carlson, Nature. The COVID-19 emergency has acutely overshadowed public reckoning with the climate crisis; the outbreak is still growing in most places, with over three million confirmed cases in 185 countries at the time of writing.

COVID-19 is awful. Climate change could be worse. by Bill Gates, GatesNotes. A global crisis has shocked the world. It is causing a tragic number of deaths, making people afraid to leave home, and leading to economic hardship not seen in many generations. Its effects are rippling across the world.

Putting the Genie Back: Solving the Climate and Energy Dilemma. by David Hone. Putting the Genie Back explores the climate issue from its very beginnings through to the end of end of the 21st Century and looks in depth at the transition challenge we collectively face.

How airlines can chart a path to zero-carbon flying. by Alex Dichter, Kimberly Henderson, Robin Riedel, and Daniel Riefer, McKinsey & Company. The airline industry is understandably focused on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on growth, along with the health and livelihoods of its millions of workers.

Move Over, Sustainable Travel. Regenerative Travel Has Arrived. by Elaine Glusac, New York Times. Can a post-vaccine return to travel be smarter and greener than it was before March 2020? Some in the tourism industry are betting on it.