The Editor 

Fear of flying

Fear of flying

I learned a new word reading the pages of the Investors Chronicle this week: flugscham, the feeling of guilt one gets when making a journey by plane in the knowledge of the environmental damage your flight is causing. Such is the age we now live in. Yet while I have become extremely conscious of unnecessary car journeys (is autoscham a thing?), I must admit that I do not remember suffering any similar emotion on my many flights to Europe. I do, however, remember being somewhat surprised at the size of my carbon emissions on a recent return trip to New York (a staggering 1.67 tonnes of carbon dioxide) – perhaps flugscham will indeed become a serious concern for airlines to contend with as the world goes green. 

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