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High-flying Greens face scrutiny: here’s why travelling business class is ‘four times worse for the climate than economy’

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Green Party leader and deputy leader Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin have come in for scrutiny for choosing to fly business class despite it damaging the environment more. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Green Party leader and deputy leader Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin have come in for scrutiny for choosing to fly business class despite it damaging the environment more. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Qatar Airways' is luxury business-class seats

Qatar Airways' is luxury business-class seats

Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin

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Green Party leader and deputy leader Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin have come in for scrutiny for choosing to fly business class despite it damaging the environment more. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Faced with the climate crisis, the debate over whether Government ministers should fly business or economy class sounds like moving the seats around on Air Titanic.

There is, after all, no such thing as low-carbon flying – no matter what level of comfort or confinement your seat offers.


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