Heathrow is the starkest example of what is wrong with Government policy on aviation.
It already has 476,000 flights a year. A flight lands or takes off every 45 seconds. Government plans, if approved, would increase that to over 700,000 flights a year.
That would mean COMMUNITY DESTRUCTION (with over 700 homes destroyed including the entire village of Sipson); more NOISE for the millions of residents under the flight paths; a significant contribution to CLIMATE CHANGE.
AIRPORT EXPANSION & CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity.
Indeed, according to the latest science, “Recent greenhouse gas emissions place the Earth perilously close to dramatic climate change that could run out of control” with calamitous results (Hansen et al, “Climate Change and Trace Gases”, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 18 May 2007). Control of these gases must “play a critical role in preserving a planet resembling the one in which civilisation developed”
If nothing is done to halt airport growth then aviation will overwhelm all other cuts in UK emissions, helping make catastrophic climate change inevitable. Nonetheless, the aviation industry is pushing to almost double Heathrow’s capacity by increasing flights on the existing runways and building a third runway.