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Fairer Flying: An International Air Travel Levy For Adaptation

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Chambwera, Muyeye; Muller, Benito
Date: 2008
Agency: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London
Series: IIED Briefing
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6123
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Subject(s): poverty
climate change
Abstract: "For the world’s poorest countries and communities, adaptation to climate change is urgently needed, but costly: estimates run into tens of billions of dollars a year. Given the shortfall in current international adaptation funding, how can resources for the developing world be raised? An adaptation levy on international air travel could help fill the gap. A small per-trip payment by passengers could contribute US$8 billion to US$10 billion a year towards adaptation. Similar schemes in France and elsewhere show that this kind of ethical solidarity and 'polluter pays' approach would be simple to implement in practical and institutional terms."

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