Virgin Atlantic Chairman Richard Branson yesterday urged the air transport industry to "accelerate the pace at which we reduce aviation's impact on the environment" and called for the creation of a new system of aircraft departures to help address the problem. "We cannot ignore that aviation does create environmental problems (around 2% of global CO2 emissions), although equally it produces significant economic and social benefits (8% of the world's GDP)," Branson said in a letter addressed ...

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