Aviation’s flight towards low emissions only fuels the crisis | Airline industry | The Guardian

At Cranfield University, the laboratory for much of British aviation research, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, on Thursday urged the industry “to create an electric revolution in our skies”; for the climate and, incidentally, “to seize a share of a market that could be worth £4tn globally by 2050”.

Manufacturers are pursuing electric dreams: not just companies like Boeing and Airbus, but a host of tech firms, particularly for urban air mobility – aircraft that could be clean and silent enough to make shorter air hops possible without large airports.

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