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The Davos gathering, driving up private jet traffic in a climate crisis

An analysis shows the number of private jet flights to and from airports serving Davos during the 2022 meeting caused CO2 emissions equivalent to about 350,000 average cars.

Environmentalists call out the preponderance of private jets linked to Davos
Environmentalists call out the preponderance of private jets linked to Davos (AN/Niklas Jonasson/Unsplash

When the world's political and business leaders drop in for a week of talks and fine dining in the snow-deprived Swiss Alps, bearing ideas for improving the economy, climate and environment, many will arrive on private jets – spewing additional carbon pollution equivalent to what hundreds of thousands of cars produce.

That's based on a new analysis commissioned by Greenpeace International showing 1,040 private jets flew in and out of airports serving the Swiss mountain resort of Davos during last year's World Economic Forum gathering in May, causing CO2 emissions from private jets four times greater than an average week.

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