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A U-turn too far!

Natalie Bennett

18th December 2013

The UK Government's U-turn on new airport capacity in England defies all logic, argues Natalie Bennett. We must end our obsession with 'high speed projects' and invest in low-speed sustainable transport. more...
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England's new runways - where's the demand?

Chris Goodall

18th December 2013

As the UK Government prepares to build new runways in SE England, Chris Goodall points out that air travel forecasts have been cut by 35% in the last six years. So why should we believe the latest numbers? more...
One of many protests against a greenfield airport at Aranmula. Photo: Aranmula Paithruka Grama Karmasamithy

India - people resist airport land grabs

Rose Bridger

21st November 2013

Rural communities all over India are battling against a land grab of epic proportions. And one of the biggest causes of land grabs is for airports to support India's domestic aviation boom. Rose Bridger reports from Kerala, where four new 'green field' airports are meeting stiff local resistance. more...
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Solar powered flights: the future of aviation?

Valentina Jovanovski

19th May, 2011

Last Friday saw the successful completion of the world’s first international solar-powered flight. But, asks Valentina Jovanovski, will this innovation really change the face of air travel or is it just another white elephant? more...
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City Airport expansion highlights scale of aviation dilemma

Mark Jansen

21st January, 2011

As the UK government deliberates its new aviation policy campaigners warn that moves to approve airport expansion would put climate targets at risk more...
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High Court battle over London City Airport expansion

Tom Levitt

18th November, 2010

Campaign group Fight the Flights begins a High Court challenge to overturn Newham Council's decision to almost double the number of flights from 73,000 to 120,000 a year more...
The proposed site of the new international airport in Mumbai

Mangroves vs airport: Mumbai's development battle

1st June, 2010

Ambika Hiranandani and Tom Levitt

Plans for a new international airport in the coastal city of Mumbai will destroy yet more of its mangrove ecosystems, and there are fears the deal has already been closed more...
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Heathrow aiport expansion will result in £5 billion loss

Ecologist

19th April, 2010

Calculations on the cost of building a third runway at Heathrow are outdated and do not make economic sense says a new report more...
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Heathrow protesters win third runway court victory

Owen Bowcott and agencies

26th March, 2010

High court rules that decision to expand Heathrow airport must be reconsidered in respect to UK climate change policy more...
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Using art to highlight the madness of Heathrow

Laura Sevier

22nd October

The plight of a village set to be demolished to make way for Heathrow's third runway is the inspiration behind Hester Berry's exhibition of paintings on show in a London gallery more...
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London council taken to court over City airport expansion

Ecologist

29th September, 2009

London City Airport has been allowed to double the number of flights despite environmental impact more...
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BAA seek injunction against… almost everyone

News

2nd August, 2008

BAA are seeking “arguably one of the most wide-ranging injunctions ever” against the Camp for Climate Action, environmental campaigners told the Ecologist today. more...

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Getting on the ‘risk list’

Joss Garman

18th June, 2008

Elected councillors iin West London have been put on a ‘risk list’ of those posing a threat to Heathrow’s proposed third runway. more...
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BAA win high court battle - or did they?

Vivienne Raper

9th August, 2007

Did the BAA or the protestors win a High Court order banning climate change demonstrators from Heathrow airport?
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Sweeping emissions under the carpet

Peter Lockley

9th August, 2007

International aviation is the UK’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions, and yet the government isn't even accounting for them. Peter Lockley explains why we urgently need to call a halt to airport expansion more...
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Open Skies?

John Stewart

29th March, 2007

Late last week, the UK signed up to an historic contract between the EU and the US. Known as the EU Open Skies deal, it lifts restrictions on the number of airlines which can operate transatlantic flights from Europe to the US. John Stewart, the Chair of the charity AirportWatch, explains why this is a deal from a bygone age with an horrific cost for the planet... more...
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100-fold planned increase in Kent flights

News

8th February, 2007

Local communities in Dungeness, Kent, are facing a 100-fold increase in flights to and from Lydd Airport on Romney Marsh. more...
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Stansted plans announced: To be bigger than Heathrow

News

31st January, 2007

Today BAA, the UK airport operator, announced its plans for a second terminal at Stansted airport. The plans, backed by the Department of Transport and costing £2.2 billion, will allow Stansted to carry an additional 33 million passengers by 2030 giving it a total of 68 million passengers a year - larger than Heathrow today. more...
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Downing Street Demonstration: Leo Hickman, Plane Stupid

Leo Hickman

16th November, 2006

“Hot on the heels of the Stern report and Tony Blair’s grave warning that we only have ten years left to tackle climate change, the Department of Transport is due to publish a progress report on its 2003 Aviation White Paper, some time before the end of the year. more...
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On a wing and a prayer

David West

1st September, 2005

The government insists that Britain needs to massively expand its airports to cope with a
rapidly growing aviation industry. In actual fact, the sector’s boom years could be over
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