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Responsible travel: eco tips for getting around

Transport coughs out about a quarter of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions. It's also a major source of air pollution – linked to 36,000 early deaths a year in the UK.

There are lots of ways to reduce your impact on the planet.

Put the brakes on climate breakdown with these top tips.

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1. Fly less long-haul

Concerned about your carbon footprint? Holiday closer to home with these no-fly holiday ideas.

Taking one long-haul flight is as bad for the climate as a whole year's worth of driving.

Green aviation isn't a thing. Offsetting schemes aren't working – an EU report showed that 98% support carbon cuts that would have happened anyway. And renewably-powered, electric planes are a distant dream.

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2. Take the train

Train journeys are much better for the climate than short-haul flights. Book well in advance for the cheapest fares.

For top advice on train travel abroad, visit The Man in Seat 61. The UK has great places to go on holiday too – like these stunning beaches.

If you really need to fly, try to limit yourself to one flight a year.

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3. Walk or cycle

Cars spew out a lot of greenhouse gases. A fifth of that planet-warming pollution happens during journeys less than 5 miles – short journeys that could be made by foot or bike.

Walking and cycling are much healthier than sitting in a car. Even in areas of high air pollution, the benefits of exercise outweigh the risks linked to dirty air.

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4. Choose public transport

You'll clock up fewer climate-changing emissions using public transport than driving around in a private car.

You'll also be helping to clean up the UK's dirty air – much of which comes from car exhausts.

We're campaigning for the government to fund improvements to public transport – encouraging people to leave the car at home.

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6. Green your driving habits

Save fuel and save cash with greener driving habits. For example, regularly check your tyre pressure, remove the roof rack and keep windows closed to reduce drag.

Driving at 50 mph uses 25% less fuel than 70 mph. Accelerating and braking gently also helps.

Switching off the engine rather than idling will cut fuel consumption and help reduce air pollution. Get more fuel-saving tips from the Environmental Transport Association.

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