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Greenpeace Challenges EU to Ban Short Flights, Beef Up Rail

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  • Paris-Amsterdam, other routes under 6 hours away are targeted
  • Pressure grows for bolder action by governments ahead of COP26

Environmental group Greenpeace called on the European Union to ban short flights on routes where a train journey under six hours is available, in a sign of growing pressure on governments to take bolder steps to avert climate disaster. 

More than a third of the 150 busiest short-haul routes within the EU have a viable rail alternative with journey times that meet the test, including popular hops like Paris-Amsterdam, Madrid-Barcelona and Munich-Berlin, according to research published Wednesday, just days ahead of the COP26 climate summit.