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University lecturer under fire for commuting by aircraft

National News // By Tay Kinnear // March 29, 2019

A lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Chur is under fire for commuting to work by light aircraft. 

Pixabay University lecturer under fire for commuting by aircraft

Especially during the university’s sustainability week.

Professor Thorsten Merkle teaches tourism and lives in Visp in canton Valais. It takes him an hour to fly to Chur – and says it’s four hours by train.

Merkle points out he doesn’t use the plane every day and he doesn’t own a car. He also says keeping a plane creates jobs.

But the MyClimate Foundation says using the plane will emit up to 120 kilos of carbon dioxide, but only 2.3 kilos by train.

 

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