Airlines promise cleaner skies to come

Flying should soon be getting cleaner. With a nod toward global warming concerns, a group of airlines has pledged to cut 2005 emissions in half by 2050, according to Waste & Recycling News.

During a meeting of the International Air Transport Association in Montreal last week, members of the industry adopted the target. The group represents more than 200 airlines which together carry 93 percent of all scheduled commercial air traffic.

Association members are counting on better fuel efficiency to help them toward their goal. The group predicts average annual mileage gains of 2 percent each year through 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal, and the group also is optimistic about similar fuel efficiency gains through 2050.

Industry members participating in the conference told the Wall Street Journal that the emission reduction goals adopted are attainable with current technology.