Study: Global Elite Leave Bigger Carbon Footprints when Flying First Class

A World Bank study has found the global elite superclass, composed of figures such as Al Gore who take lavish jets to conferences in places like Davos, leave large carbon footprints when traveling in first class. 

The Daily Mail cites a World Bank study in May that found first class passengers "have a carbon footprint that is over nine times larger than the humble passenger crunched up in coach class." 

According to the paper, "a flier in economy class has a carbon footprint of 0.76, a business class traveler has a figure of 2.30 and a first class passenger has a whopping 6.89 figure."

World Bank employees at the Washington, D.C. headquarters reportedly made "around 189,000 trips in 2009," and about 73.6% of those flights were in business class and 6.9% were in first class.  The organization has tried to reduce the number of first class flights for its officials. 

Many in the global elite "superclass" often rail against global warming while themselves traveling in private jets and first class. 


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