In South Africa, tobacco is set to fuel airplanes

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While air travel is usually regarded as a symbol of mankind's great achievements, the carbon footprint those planes produce has, to date, left a serious taint on that accomplishment. What many wouldn't have expected, however, is for another of modern society's "vices" to arrive on the scene as a solution to the problem. Solaris is an energy-rich, nicotine-free, GMO-free tobacco plant developed by Italy's Sunchem Holding — the first South African crop of which is soon to be harvested, before oil is extracted from the plant's seed. It will then fall on South African Airways (SAA) and aeroplane manufacturer Boeing…

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