Don’t fly Down Under in October

Solomon Islands area extra-sensitive to aviation greenhouse-gas emissions

Aviation emissions from flights to and from Australia and New Zealand during the month of October result in levels of a significant global-warming pollutant that are higher than those at any other time or place, a new study finds.

A team of researchers from the aeronautics department at MIT studied 83,000 worldwide flight routes, finding that the Solomon Islands (northeast of Australia) is the planet’s most sensitive area when it comes to the production of tropospheric ozone as a result of aircraft emissions, according to an article at

In related news, the International Civil Aviation Organization will meet in Montreal on Sept. 24 to discuss a proposal “for enforceable greenhouse-gas emissions-reduction measures,” as the article pointed out.