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Minister sits on damning report on impact of Heathrow noise (ANASE study)

Aircraft noise causes much more annoyance than previously thought, according to a study for the Department for Transport which the Government is attempting to conceal while it plans the expansion of Heathrow. The existing method of measuring aircraft noise, adopted a quarter of a century ago, is too narrow and outdated, the study concludes. It fails to take account either of the huge growth in the number of flights or the public’s growing demand for quietness. (Times)

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Another broken promise from BAA – longer Heathrow runway

Campaigners fighting the expansion of Heathrow Airport say the local area would be devastated if rumours that the proposed new runway could be double the length originally proposed are true. BAA are reportedly planning to get Government ministers to agree to a 4,000 metre runway, which is twice the length stated in a 2003 white paper. (Ealing Times)

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Frankfurt protesters

The biofuels bandwagon may be running out of gas with soaring costs for feedstocks like wheat and palm oil prompting producers to shelve planned plants and cut output at existing facilities. (Reuters)

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Major flaws exposed in County Council case for Newquay Airport

The first independent report into the future of Newquay Airport has exposed major flaws in Cornwall County Council's plans for expansion. It was personally delivered to the chief executive and leader of CCC on Wednesday 3rd October 2007. Groundswell Cornwall ommissioned the report to test the County Council's claims that Cornwall's future development can only be secured by turning the regional airport into an international gateway. (Groundswell)

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Fears over London City Airport plans

Residents in Tower Hamlets are concerned about plans by London City Airport to increase the number of flights it handles by 50% over the next 3 years. The airport has applied to Newham Council to raise the annual number from 80,000 to 120,000. Tower Hamlets Council has outlined its concerns about the plans to Newham Council, which include air pollution, aircraft noise, climate change and traffic related pollution. (Eastend Life)

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Newquay – German airline Lufthansa to start flights

Newquay airport in Cornwall has announced plans to begin flights to and from Germany from next summer. The German airline Lufthansa will begin a weekly service during the summer months linking Newquay airport with Dusseldorf from June 2008. (BBC)

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Heathrow – BAA details timetable for Airtrack rail application

Airport operator BAA has announced that it will launch a public consultation on the Airtrack rail scheme once preliminary technical and environmental assessments have been completed. Airtrack is a proposal to create a new rail link between Heathrow and the National Rail network to the south west of the airport. The first stage of the consultation is likely to be in early 2008. (Transport Briefing)

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Biofuel trial flight set for 747 in 2008

Air New Zealand says it plans to mount the first test flight of a commercial airliner partially powered by biofuel. Biofuel trial flight set for 747 in 2008. But Virgin Atlantic is planning to beat Air New Zealand to the punch by having its own biofuel flight early next year. (BBC)

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Growth in air traffic projected to continue to 2025 (ICAO)

Total world airline scheduled passenger traffic in terms of passenger-kilometres is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 4.6%up to the year 2025, half a % point lower than the growth rate achieved over the period 1985-2005, according to forecasts prepared by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Total freight traffic growth over the same period is forecast to be stronger, at 6.6% per annum in terms of freight tonne-kilometres. (ICAO statement)

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Climate Change conveniently drops off agenda at Birmingham Airport

As Birmingham International Airport release their interim statement, the small issue they try to step over is of course Climate Change. In presentations they skip over it, while in their press release they indicate that they will "consider Climate Change". (FoE West Midlands press release)

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Birmingham runway is cancelled, but residents can’t sleep easy yet

Birmingham Airport anti-Noise Group (BANG) has welcomed the announcement by Birmingham International Airport (BIA) Ltd that the proposed new 2nd runway had been dropped from the airport company's forthcoming development master plan. But they say local people living in the shadow of the airport should not be misled by claims that the plan to extend the existing runway by 2012 represents an environmentally friendly alternative. (BANG press release)

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BIA ANNOUNCES INTERIM STATEMENT ON THE FUTURE OF THE AIRPORT

Birmingham International Airport Ltd (BIA) today released an Interim Statement on its long-term development plans up to the year 2030, ahead of the publication of the new Airport Master Plan, which will be released later this year. The details follow a consultation process on the Draft Master Plan in 2005/06 and review of the feedback received. (BIA press release)

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Heathrow night flights exceeded

The number of night flights in and out of Heathrow airport has exceeded government targets. Heathrow is allowed 2,550 take-offs and landings to take place between 23:30 and 06:00 during the 6-month "winter season". In the summer months this rises to 3,250. But figures show there were a further 325 "disregarded flights". (BBC)

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Friends of the Earth are asking as many people as possible to write to their MEP for a strengthened ETS including aviation

Please write to your MEP and ask for aviation to be included in the EUETS. The European Parliament's Environment Committee will soon be voting on including aviation in the EUETS (European Union Emissions Trading Scheme). This is a key opportunity to ensure that the EU tackles aviation's climate impact. Ask your MEP to improve the effectiveness of the EUETS, by asking for the strongest possible aviation ETS. FoE have a straightforward email action. Deadline - end of September !!!

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Budget airlines boost the world’s air traffic

The continued growth in budget airlines in Europe is helping to increase the number of flights worldwide. Low-cost flights now account for 22% of all flights in Europe – up 4% on last year, statistics from the flight information company OAG showed. (Independent)

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BAA pays its own staff to lobby in favour of Stansted expansion

BAA paid its security staff to protest at a public inquiry hearing evidence about the environmental damage that would be caused by the expansion of Stansted. The staff were given paid time off from carrying out security checks at the Essex airport to support their employer’s application to increase the number of flights by 75,000 a year. (The Times)

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London City Airport plans to increase flights

London City Airport plans to increase flights by 50% over the next 3 years. But some local residents under the flight path are not happy at the prospect of increased noise levels. The flights would increase from 80,000 to 120,000 a year. The airport is not planning to build more runways but increase the frequency of daytime travel. By 2030 that number could increase to 171,000 annual flights.(BBC)

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BAA calls for long runway at Heathrow

BAA has begun lobbying for a full-length new runway at Heathrow ahead of the expected launch next month of a consultation document on expansion of the London airport. The move represents a switch for BAA, which has in the past advocated only a short extra runway, suitable for the small aircraft used on short-haul flights. (Sunday Times)

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Is Britain holidaying its way towards financial crisis?

The days of a holiday being a once a year luxury are well and truly over. As peoples working lives become increasingly busy and stress filled it seems that the idea of a regular break from the daily routine has come to assume a more and more significant place in most our lives. This is beginning to blind many of us to the financial implications inherent in taking multiple expensive holidays over the course of the year. (inthenews.co.uk)

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Heathrow sees record passenger levels

The number of passengers using London Heathrow last month rose by 6.5% to 6.4m, a record for the airport in the month of August. British Airways, the airport’s biggest operator, avoided the large-scale flight cancellations it has suffered in each of the previous four summers. The airport’s performance in August has been the best for five years. (Financial Times)

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Video of the Climate Camp at Heathrow in August is now online

The Climate Camp has put together a video, showing what happened at the camp at Heathrow, from 13th August. There is also a brief summary of what happened on each day.

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SUPPORT THE BRITISH ECONOMY – STOP STANSTED EXPANSION

Stop Stansted Expansion has launched a new phase in its campaign aimed at raising awareness of the adverse impact upon the UK economy of the inexorable growth in cheap leisure flights. Figures published by the Office of National Statistics last month show that the UK tourism deficit continues to grow rapidly. During the first 6 months of this year, UK residents took 34.3 million overseas trips – almost double the number of trips to the UK by foreign visitors (17.5 million). (SSE Press Release)

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Birmingham International Airport: A ‘greenwash’ on climate change?

Birmingham International Airport (BIA) is attempting to expand its existing runway and increase flights from its terminals. The ‘master plan’ in which these attempts are outlined is due for publication any time this year. The draft master plan – released in 2005 – makes a corporate case for airport expansion, but ignores its climate change impacts. (Indymedia)

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Tory green package targets short-haul flights and landfill

The Conservative party's quality of life report will this week propose a range of incentives to increase energy efficiency in the home, including sliding cuts in stamp duty to linked to carbon efficiency. Taxes on short-haul domestic flights, a doubling of landfill tax for business, and other suggestions are being proposed in an attempt to give substance to David Cameron's appeal to green voters. (Guardian)

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Nottingham East Midlands – AIRPORT PLANS WIND FARM TO CUT CARBON EMISSIONS

East Midlands Airport is aiming to become the first in the country to install 4 wind turbines at its Castle Donington site. Its proposal, which has been submitted to North West Leicestershire District Council, is part of the airport's pledge to make its ground operations carbon-neutral by 2012. (Derby Telegraph)

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Should we stop flying in organic food?

Should the Soil Association withdraw the 'organic' label from produce flown in from abroad? As the public debate hots up, critics insist a ban would threaten the livelihoods of farmers in developing nations. Others are more worried about the environmental impact ... (The Guardian )

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How to beat the airport blues; fly yourself in a £1.3m private jet

Small airports across Europe are preparing for a rapid growth in private jet travel in the next five years. A mode of travel that was, until recently, the preserve of the super-wealthy has become affordable to people who never appear in any rich list. (Times)

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The aviation industry’s new pro-flying website launched

"Flying Matters" is a new coalition of pro-aviation companies, unions and associations, with the aim of seeking to "contribute to a balanced and informed debate on aviation contribution to climate change, and .... ensure that within the public debate proper account is taken of the economic and social benefits of aviation".

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Scientists warn that EU plans to curb aviation emissions must be strengthened

Current proposals to include aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme will have very little impact on aviation's contribution to climate change, a new report by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research warns. Friends of the Earth, which commissioned the research, is urging the EU to substantially strengthen its ETS proposals, and calling for additional measures to curb the growth in flights. (FoE 4.9.2007)

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Heathrow: the most important protest of our time

Aviation is the incendiary issue in environmental politics today. The campaigners at Heathrow are just the vanguard of a powerful new people’s movement, writes Mark Lynas

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Climate protesters ‘close’ Biggin Hill Airport’

A group of climate change protesters claim to have shut down Biggin Hill Airport by chaining themselves to the entrance gate. The group of about 15 people were protesting against the growth in the number of people using private jets as opposed to scheduled flights. Meanwhile, about 20 protesters at Farnborough airport in Hampshire - another private jet hub - blockaded the gate for around two-and-a-half hours. (UK Airport News)

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Heathrow protesters target Airbus

(13.8.2007 BBC) Climate change protesters banned from campaigning at Heathrow Airport have taken their demonstration to the Airbus Superjumbo factory in north Wales. Six campaigners boarded a barge carrying a wing from the company's plant in Broughton, Flintshire.

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Climate change protestors set up camp – Heathrow Climate Camp 2007

The Climate Camp set up a day earlier than anticipated, and has received extensive media coverage. We have some of these stories, and links to them. 13.8.2007

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Police to use terror laws on Heathrow climate protesters

Armed police will use anti-terrorism powers to "deal robustly" with climate change protesters at Heathrow next week, as confrontations threaten to bring major delays to the already overstretched airport. Up to 1,800 extra officers will be drafted in to prevent an estimated 1,500 people disrupting the airport over the period of the camp for climate change, which is due to begin on Tuesday. (Guardian 11.8.2007)

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Manchester’s £650m Airport City master plan unveiled

Manchester Airports Group has produced its plans for an 150 acre Airport City , close to Manchester Airport. In April 2011 Government announced that Manchester Airport would be one of the first four Enterprise Zones, with Airport City at the core of the zone. The Airport City (also elsewhere called an Aerotropolis) would be in two zones, one with hotel, office, retail and advanced manufacturing space, and the other focusingn on freight and logistics. MAG will submit a planning application within weeks for the scheme's main link road, with work set to start by spring and due for completion in 12-15 months. The rest of the building will take several years. MAG hopes to attract global businesses to work in their airport city, and create a project to compete with other locations in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Dusseldorf and Heathrow.

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Residents in flight path fight – West Berkshire and North Hampshire

THOUSANDS of extra low-flying aircraft a year will fly over some of the most unspoilt parts of West Berkshire and North Hampshire under plans to increase air traffic capacity. The proposals, which would see as many as 27 planes pass over as low as 6,500 feet between 5.30pm and 9.30am each day, are aimed at reducing traffic delays at Bournemouth and Southampton airports. (Newbury News 9.8.2007)

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New Forest flight path plan attacked

Anger is growing over a controversial plan to increase airspace over some of southern England's finest countryside. Critics say the creation of new air corridors to ease flight congestion to the west of London will inevitably mean more aircraft overhead. The North Wessex Downs and the Cotswolds - both designated AONB - and the New Forest National Park will all be affected if the expansion plan is approved. (Telegraph)

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City Airport aims to be 2012’s terminal

City Airport has submitted ambitious expansion plans as it aims to become the main London terminal for the 2012 Olympics. Richard Gooding, chief executive of City Airport, is capitalising on 'creaking' Heathrow and said 'We are planning to expand by 50% in the next few years and we believe we can do that without adding stress or strain to our level of service'. (Evening Standard 9.8.2007)

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London City Airport wants more flights

BOSSES have made an application for a big increase in flight movements at London City Airport in Silvertown. They have requested a rise from 80,000 to 120,000 a year. It is based on a forecast that the terminal will continue to grow and handle 3.9 million passengers a year by 2010. (8.8.2007 Newham Recorder)

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Air freighted food; freshly flown in?

While the media fixates on the rise in, and environmental impacts of, passenger flights, worldwide air cargo is rising faster and a lot of the development at airports is cargo related. Worldwide, the largest and fastest growing air cargo sector is ‘perishables’ which means cargo that requires temperature control. (Rose Bridger article in "Jellied Eel)

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Joy for protesters as Heathrow is denied ‘mother of all injunctions’

Environmental campaigners seeking to stage a protest at Heathrow airport this summer claimed a huge and symbolic victory yesterday after a High Court judge massively scaled back the terms of an injunction sought against them. The British Airports Authority (BAA), which runs the airport, was ordered to pay the costs of three groups who had challenged what was described as the most wide-ranging limit on the right to protest Britain has ever witnessed. (Independent 7.8.2007)

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“Emissions Cost Assessment” consultation

The Department for Transport launched its consultation on the ECA on 7th August.   It says: "The emissions cost assessment ...will allow the social cost of aviation’s climate change emissions to be considered against the extent to which the sector covers that cost. It will pull together data, knowledge and analysis in a new way, acting as a strategic assessment that will inform future decision making."   Consultation deadline is 30th October 2007.

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Extensive coverage of the BAA injunction story

Press interest in the BAA injunction got going on 27th July, and was extensive during the duration of the High Court hearing, which started on 1st August and ended on 6th.

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How Heathrow’s lawyer has made a career of opposing right to protest

To his many enemies, Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden (TLC) is the establishment solicitor who gags their protests. To his clients, he is legal barbed wire - an expert who can hold back a rabble. For the past week, the double-barrelled former Army officer has been seeking to prevent anti-aviation campaigners from holding a "climate camp" at Heathrow. (Independent 4.8.2007)

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BAA: Airport protests create an Iraqi-style terror threat

The airport operator BAA raised the spectre of Iraqi-style terrorism at Heathrow yesterday as it sought to impose wide restrictions on the right of protestors to mount a climate change demonstration later this month. Article from the Independent.

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BAA denies seeking blanket ban on airport protest

BAA backtracked yesterday from trying to get one of the widest-ranging injunctions ever sought in Britain and denied it was trying to stop 5 million members of the National Trust and other groups going to Heathrow to demonstrate against climate change. Story in The Guardian by John Vidal

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BAA ‘tried to criminalise 5 million people’ over protests at Heathrow

BAA, the owner of Heathrow, backed down yesterday in its attempt to secure a far-reaching injunction that could have resulted in 5 million people being banned from using roads and public transport near the airport. Bringing its application in the High Court, the company said that the injunction would apply only to "protesters" against airport expansion who were acting unlawfully during the Camp for Climate Action, from August 14 to 21. Ben Webster story from The Times

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High Court confusion over exactly who BAA wants to ban from protesting at Heathrow

BAA suffered further embarrassment in its attempt to block a climate change demonstration at Heathrow, when a High Court judge admitted yesterday to being confused over exactly who the company wanted to ban from travelling to the airport. Amid scenes of near farce at the Royal Courts of Justice, Justice Caroline Swift, asked Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, the lawyer representing BAA's subsidiary, Heathrow Airport Limited, to clarify the terms of the injunction he was seeking, stating: "I have to know what I am being asked to do."

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“TRICKERY, DECEIT AND MANIPULATION” – says Stop Stansted Expansion

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has welcomed the exposure this week of BAA's PR agency PPS by the Channel 4 Dispatches programme and the London Evening Standard. "Trickery, Deceit and Manipulation" was the headline used by the Evening Standard to describe PPS's activities, including infiltrating local residents protest groups, obtaining tapes of private meetings, impersonation and undercover operations and forging letters of support from local people.

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Why can’t the WI protest against these bullies that run our airports?

Twitchers, Women's Institute stalwarts, even the Prince of Wales could face arrest due to an extraordinary court case. BAA, which owns Heathrow, has brought in legal heavies to stop a group called Airport Watch from protesting against a third runway.

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Climate Camp welcome, say Heathrow villages

Climate Camp tonight set out their stall at the Sipson Community Centre, only yards from the noise and the hell that is Heathrow. It was standing room only in a packed hall as activists, local organisers and their MP combined to receive a unanimous welcome. They spoke with a common thread. Climate Camp was not about bringing violence nor aggression, Climate Camp was a community for whom the penny had dropped - they realised that the future of mankind depended on the decisions made by this generation.

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Battle of Heathrow: Opposition to BAA’s injunction grows

Heathrow airport's owner BAA was isolated and assailed from all sides yesterday as it headed for a legal and physical showdown with protesters over an attempt to ban a mass demonstration against climate change that has enraged civil rights groups. Within hours of its disclosure, politicians, lawyers and protesters condemned an injunction that would prevent five million members of the public from attending the Camp for Climate Action as "ludicrous," "absurd" and "unenforceable".

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Heathrow puts up legal barricades to keep away protesters

If you're a member of the National Trust, the RSPB, the Woodland Trust or FoE, then you could be banned from Britain's biggest airport. And the Piccadilly line. And parts of Paddington station. And sections of the M4. All because the authorities want to halt a protest against climate change... BAA has begun moves that would allow police to arrest members of 15 environmental groups to prevent them taking part in demonstrations against airport expansion.

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Another draconian attempt to curb Britain’s civil liberties

The attempt to prevent demonstrators from reaching Heathrow airport is the latest in a long line of erosion of civil liberties which started during Tony Blair's reign. Their anger centres on the use of Section 44 of the 2000 Terrorism Act, which gives police the power to stop and search anyone in an area considered a likely terrorist target

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Heathrow asks court to block protesters

Britain's largest airport operator is to ask the High Court to block a climate protest which threatens to wreck the travel plans of nearly 1.5 million Heathrow passengers. Up to 2,000 environmentalists are planning a day of direct action "aiming to disrupt the activities of the airport and aviation industry" next month, during a week-long camp starting on August 14.

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Oil and gas may run short by 2015, say industry experts

Humanity is approaching an unprecedented crisis when not enough oil and gas will be produced to keep industrial civilisation running, the world's top oilmen warned. The warning – which is being hailed as a "tipping point" on both sides of the Atlantic – marks the first time that the industry has accepted that it may soon no longer be able to meet demand for its products.

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Eskimo accused of ‘apocalyptic green spin’ in row over Stansted expansion

An Eskimo was at the centre of a furious row over claims that air travel had become a victim of 'apocalyptic green spin'. Aqqaluk Lynge, from Greenland, is visiting Britain this week to protest against the expansion of Stansted Airport, arguing that aviation-linked global warming is destroying the Eskimos' way of life. But he became the subject of a savage counter-attack by a new industry campaign backed by airlines and airport owners.

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Inuit leader to give evidence against airport expansion at Stansted Public Inquiry

The Leader of Greenland's indigenous human rights organisation the Inuit Circumpolar Council and expert member of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Aqqaluk Lynge, will give evidence this week (on Friday 27 July) to the Public Inquiry into the proposed expansion of Stansted Airport.

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East Midlands Airport’s noise complaints soar

East Midlands Airport (EMA) has received almost 8,000 complaints in the past year - most from just five people worried about noise, the airport said. Complaints about the airport rose from 4,500 in 2005 to 7,978 in 2006, with almost 60% of last year's complaints generated by a few local residents.

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High Speed 1 makes Paris and Brussels commutable

Eurostar has published its debut timetable for services from St Pancras International using High Speed 1 – the UK’s first full-length 186mph line. For the first time, business travellers from Britain will be able to reach the centres of both Paris and Brussels before 0900 local time, enabling people to do a full day’s work without travelling the night before.

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Birmingham airport to get runway extension by 2012

Birmingham International Airport will get its long-awaited runway extension by 2012, it was confirmed last night. The two companies bidding to buy a 48.25% shareholding in BIA are prepared to enter into a formal agreement to build the 400-metre extension across the A45 which will cost £120 million and open up direct flights to China and the west coast of America.

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Ryanair’s green claims criticised by ASA

Ryanair has been ordered not to repeat an advertisement that played down the impact of aviation on the environment. In a press campaign the airline claimed the airline industry "accounts for just 2% of CO2 emissions". The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ruled it breached rules on truthfulness by not explaining the figure was based on global rather than UK emissions.

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Noise ‘footprint’ from Heathrow leaves its mark across the capital

Noise from Heathrow is a 'significant' problem across the whole of London, with even people on the opposite side of the capital from the airport suffering distress, according to new research. A report blames a boom in flying and increases the pressure on government ministers, who are expected to announce in the autumn a decision on whether to build a third runway and sixth terminal at the world's busiest international airport.

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STOP STANSTED EXPANSION PUBLIC INQUIRY EVIDENCE STARTS

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) will begin giving evidence on Tuesday 17 July at the Public Inquiry into plans to expand the capacity of Stansted’s single runway. Their evidence continues all week, and also from 24th to 27th July.

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Rail industry admits that it’s often greener for families to travel by car

It can be greener to drive than catch the train, according to a rail industry study which reveals that trains are losing their environmental advantage. Modern diesel-powered trains are so polluting that a family of 3 or more would be responsible for at least double the CO2 emissions on many routes when travelling by rail compared with driving in a typical medium-sized car.

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Ships emit more CO2 than aircraft

The global shipping industry is responsible for 1.2bn tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, far more than aviation's 600m tonnes, according to an estimate published yesterday. The previous widely accepted estimate was 600m-800m tonnes a year.

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Government invests £40m in developing ‘green’ aviation

The government has awarded £40m to the British aerospace industry to research and develop "green" aviation engines with the aim of reducing the impact of flying on the environment. The project, Environmentally Friendly Engine, is a £95m industrial collaboration, led by aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce, to design and test technologies for more fuel efficient engines with reduced noise, carbon and nitrogen emissions.

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Grassroots rebellion could halt growth in flights – Jeff Gazzard

The climate change impacts of flying have generated many column inches in recent months and quite rightly so. Our addiction to flying around the world for those oh-so-vital three-hour business meetings or that irresistible 99p fare plus taxes and charges to get drunk in Prague without a care in the world has come under severe pressure.

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Manchester: Grounded – Another victory in battle to curb airport growth

Against all expectations, the local Macclesfield borough council has won a planning inquiry to prevent Manchester airport expanding onto Cheshire green belt land, to create extra car parking as it seeks to increase passenger numbers, from 22 million a year to 50 million by 2030, doubling its revenue to £2.1bn.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner completes its first flight

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger aircraft has successfully completed its first 3-hour test flight in the US.   The 787 project had been delayed by two-and-a-half years following a series of hitches, including design problems. It could be one of the world's most fuel-efficient planes.   It is powered by Rolls-Royce engines designed in the UK.   It will now go into  9 months of continuous testing, with  6 planes flying around the clock. The Dreamliner has attracted some 800 orders.   (BBC)

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UK Gets Tough On Open Skies Talks

British transport minister Ruth Kelly told the United States on Thursday that Europe would press for further liberalization of transatlantic air traffic. "It is neither in America's nor Europe's interests for the restrictions to continue," she said. In March, EU transport ministers gave unanimous support to an "open skies" deal which will allow EU airlines to fly from any city in the 27-nation bloc to any city in the United States and vice versa, replacing restrictive bilateral arrangements that date back to World War Two.

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New runway plans at Luton shelved

Bosses at London Luton Airport have unexpectedly withdrawn plans to build a new runway. TBI, the company which owns the airport, planned to build a full length replacement runway to the south of the existing runway, with a new terminal. They said the reason plans had been shelved was because it would take too long to make a return on the money that it would cost to build.

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Carlisle – £25m airport expansion unveiled

A £25m plan has been unveiled to bring passenger services to Carlisle Airport. The airport only has one 65-year-old runway, no radar or instrument landing equipment and is only suitable for private aircraft and flight training. But Stobart Air wants to build a new runway, control tower, hangars and additional facilities, with a view to launching passenger services. The firm is to submit a planning application and proposes services to London, Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris.

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Dilemma – If you need to fly, is it possible to go green?

The green airline is an oxymoron; air travel will be the fastest-growing source of carbon emissions by 2050. By 2020 we in the UK will take half a billion flights annually (up from 189m in 2002). Aviation does far more damage than its carbon emissions alone would suggest. Despite this it has a rather charmed life: no VAT, no fuel duty and is exempt from the climate-change levy.

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Bournemouth airport’s £32m expansion approved

A £32m planned redevelopment of Bournemouth Airport has been given the green light by Christchurch Borough Council planners. Airport bosses drew up the plans to meet an expected rise in passenger numbers from about one million this year to 3 million within 10 years. Work at the airport is expected to take up to 5 years.   (BBC and   Christchurch Council)

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West London residents halt traffic outside DfT Headquarters

West London residents protesting about plans to expand Heathrow dramatically stopped traffic outside the Department for Transport (DfT) offices in Central London before attempting an invasion of the building. They carried a bed - containing 2 figures symbolising the close relationship between BAA and the DfT under the slogan "DfT in bed with BAA" - along Marsham Street to the DfT.

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Greenpeace targets UK airports with climate ticket exchanges

Greenpeace campaigners handed out free train tickets to UK air travellers while pilots urged them to stop feeling guilty. Greenpeace set up booths at London City, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh airports on Tuesday where travellers on British Airways domestic flights could swap the return section of their plane ticket for a train ticket.

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Climate activists glued to doors at East Midlands airport

On the afternoon of Saturday 16th June, climate campaigners glued themselves to the doors of the short-haul East Midlands airport to draw attention to the environmental impacts of flying as part of a European day of action on short-haul flights called by pressure group Airport Watch.

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Big Ben to the Eiffel tower – could Eurostar beat a plane?

HACAN ClearSkies, and NoTRAG - the two airport campaign groups at Heathrow airport - staged a race on Saturday 16th June, to see if Eurostar passengers could beat the plane. Did the train have a chance? The racers set off, in the full glare of the TV cameras, from Westminster as Big Ben struck 11 o’clock. The train people settled comfortably in their seats and left Waterloo on time just after midday.

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Coventry Airport’s application for a new passenger terminal rejected by Government

The decision follows a lengthy public inquiry, which saw major criticism from Birmingham International Airport (BIA) and a number of conservation groups in the region. The extra terminal would have catered for an additional two million passengers per year but BIA bosses had raised concerns over an airspace conflict with the Baginton airport.

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