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JetBlue to Become First Major US Airline to Offset Carbon Emissions



JetBlue continues its commitment to sustainability by announcing Monday the airline plans to offset carbon dioxide emissions from fuel for all domestic flights beginning in July 2020.

The commitment to offsetting carbon emissions makes JetBlue the first major U.S. airline to take this critical step toward reducing its contribution to global warming. In addition, the carrier will begin using sustainable fuel in mid-2020 on flights from San Francisco International Airport.

The changes also build on JetBlue’s existing programs, such as investments in fuel-saving technologies and aircraft, as well as advocating for a more fuel-efficient air traffic control system that would reduce emissions from flying.

“Air travel connects people and cultures, and supports a global economy, yet we must act to limit this critical industry’s contributions to climate change,” JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said in a statement. “We reduce where we can and offset where we can’t. By offsetting all of our domestic flying, we’re preparing our business for the lower-carbon economy that aviation – and all sectors – must plan for.”

JetBlue will continue to partner with nonprofit organization, which helped the airline offset more than 2.6 billion pounds of CO2 emissions since 2008. The carrier’s new carbon offsetting partners include EcoAct and South Pole, with the goal of offsetting an additional 15-17 billion pounds of emissions per year.

Some of the carbon offsetting projects selected by JetBlue include forest conservation, Landfill Gas Capture (LFG), solar and wind farms and more. All of the airline’s purchased carbon offsets are audited, verified and retired on the carrier’s behalf.

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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital



We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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