UK University parents emit twice as much CO2 as Ash Cloud Volcano

A new study by the UK’s low cost delivery service for students has found that the average fuel cost in the UK for transporting student belongings to and from university is £192 million per year. In total, parents taking their children’s belongings to and from uni emit 291k tonnes of CO2 every year – twice as much CO2 as Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano; which grounded flights across the world with a giant ash cloud, emitted every day.

The research, commissioned by low cost student baggage delivery service asked 1,196 parents if they helped their children move their belongings to and from student housing throughout their three years at university. In the academic year of 2008 – 2009 there were 2,396,050 university students in the UK.

The NYT reports that:

Seismic activity is petering out at the volcano that caused major European air-traffic disruption earlier this year, though the eruption has not yet been declared officially over, the authorities in Iceland said Monday. The most serious problem now is posed by mud flows created when heavy rains mix with ash settled along the top of glaciers close to the Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced EY-ya-fyat-lah-YO-kut) volcano, said Sigurlaug Hjaltadottir, a geophysicist with Iceland’s Meteorological Office.

But Eyjafjallajokull’s bigger sister Katla is still due to erupt at any time.

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