The one thing that most airlines have already done is allow travelers to purchase carbon offsets. The money goes to causes like reforestation, research in green technology, wind turbines, etc., to counteract the carbon emissions that are resulting from the flight. In most cases, you can pay for this when you buy your ticket online, although San Francisco International Airport opened kiosks in September of 2009 for travelers to buy them right there in the airport, a move that will certainly become a worldwide trend in the years to come.
Meanwhile, the airlines are also doing extensive research in biofuels and green energy technology to reduce or eventually eliminate their emissions. Continental Airlines, for example, reduced its greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption by 35% simply by purchasing more fuel-efficient aircraft and finding ways to raise the efficiency of the overall flight experience.
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