The Third Climate Protest of the Week….

March 6, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

He is known as the “Prince of Darkness”, the ultimate spin doctor who has been at the heart of the New Labour project. And today Lord Mandelson came face to face with the reality of the British government’s pro-aviation expansion policy – literally. Mandelson was hit in the face with a cup of green slime … Read More

Another Day, Another Climate Protest

March 4, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Nine protesters from the anti-aviation group Plane Stupid will appear in court this morning after causing chaos at one of Europe’s busiest commercial airports, Aberdeen in Scotland yesterday. Due to the protest, the airport was closed between 6.30am and 9am and ten flights were cancelled, much to the annoyance of the authorities and its operator, … Read More

UK Credibility on Climate Crumbles as Heathrow Expands

January 15, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

There comes a time in every government’s tenure when we finally see them for what they are – that the slick messaging and spin can no longer hide the flawed natured of the policies. Today is one such day for the British government. There comes a time when a government makes decisions that will define … Read More

Buy an “Airplot” and Help Save the Climate..

January 13, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Ok – Now might not be the best time to be looking to invest in property as the credit crunch takes hold, but how about a little investment in land near London? The upsides are that, if you like that kind of thing, you will have famous neighbours: the Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, British comedian … Read More

Over 50 Arrested at London’s Third Airport….

December 8, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

The world’s leaders maybe pontificating over what to do over climate change in Poznan, but this morning over fifty young protesters from the protest group Plane Stupid put action into words by shutting down London’s third airport, Stansted. The protest began in the cold early hours of this morning whilst the runway was temporarily closed … Read More

How to Fry the Climate with a $13 Flight from London to NYC

November 4, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

To many environmentalists, Michael O’Leary is one of their top hate figures. One of the key proponents of low cost air-travel, the multi-millionaire Irishman has no time for environmentalists – he calls them “eco-nuts” and dismisses concerns over climate change. With his head firmly stuck in the sands of climate scepticism, he argues that the … Read More

UK Airlines Receive $20bn Subsidy

June 9, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

The British Government is being urged to abolish a $20bn-a-year “hidden subsidy” to the airline industry, which is due to the fact airlines do not pay fuel duty or VAT on the fuel for its planes. “This is a massive public subsidy for an industry that is one of the fastest-growing contributors to climate change,” … Read More

Airlines Battle the Horsemen of the Apocalypse

June 3, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

If you have been grumbling recently about how much it costs you to fill your car up because of record fuel prices, spare a thought for the poor old airlines. For example, when Air Canada fills up a new Boeing 777 in Toronto for a one-way flight to Heathrow, it now costs a whopping $68,948. … Read More

UK Told to Rethink Aviation Policy

May 21, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

The British government should completely rethink its aviation policy and shelve plans to expand Heathrow and Stansted airports, according to its own influential advisory body. The Sustainable Development Commission, chaired by leading environmentalist Sir Jonathon Porritt, said there were big question marks over the environmental and economic arguments underpinning the proposals for British airport expansion.

Airline Emissions “Far Higher than Previous Estimates”

May 6, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

This issue is becoming one of the most important environmental battlegrounds. The bottom line is that we cannot carry on flying and save the climate at the same time. Now an unpublished study by the world’s leading experts has revealed that airlines are pumping 20 per cent more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than estimates … Read More