Gatwick Airport in the UK is limiting flights due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among air traffic control staff. The airport has imposed a daily limit of 800 flights until Sunday to prevent last-minute cancellations and delays. Around 30% of staff in the air traffic control division are off sick, including those with COVID-19. The chief executive of Gatwick Airport, Stewart Wingate, said the decision was difficult but necessary to ensure reliable flight schedules. The largest number of cancellations will occur on Friday, September 29. In other news, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has stated that no new major oil and gas extraction projects or coal mines are needed globally. The IEA’s report says that even without new government climate policies, global demand for fossil fuels will peak before 2030 due to the rapid rollout of renewable power and electric vehicles. The report emphasizes the need for further action to limit global warming to the 1.5-degree Celsius target agreed upon at the 2015 Paris climate summit. The IEA also calls for increased investment in clean energy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
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