Air industry seeks to tackle emissions crisis

(CNN) – The European Commission says a round trip flight from Lisbon, Portugal, to New York generates about the same level of emissions as the average EU resident heating their home for a year.

But the aviation industry gradually shifting from traditional jet fuels to more sustainable energy sources would go a long way in reducing these emissions, and it hopes to wean itself off hydrocarbons.

Cooking oil, food waste, even your old clothing: It could all be used to fly a plane and combat climate change.

Sustainable aviation fuels, or SAFs, are fuels made from renewable energy sources. They could potentially cut carbon emissions from aviation by up to 80%.

The EU has made some ambitious proposals for aviation as part of its green deal.

From 2025, planes taking off from EU airports would have to use a blend of at least 2% sustainable aviation fuel, rising to 5%

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Food pantries rise to the pandemic challenges

Between cooking meals and making deliveries to combat increasing needs, food banks have had their hands full during the pandemic. But as Massachusetts residents and businesses adjust to accommodate growing vaccination rates and expiring government benefits, so have food pantry services.

Food insecurity reached new highs over the last year, but experts worry the full effects of the issue will come to light even as vaccination rates rise. Western Massachusetts saw an approximately 47% increase in hunger over the pandemic with the greatest impact on children, according to Feeding America. A growing number of visits to food pantries and use of government services, including SNAP benefits, reflected the increase in Berkshire County.

“During COVID, we saw a lot more people who had never used our services and had never needed support, ever,” said Lillian Baulding, communications and engagement officer at Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

While food pantries welcomed growing

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