Yesterday, the High Court in London ruled that highly controversial plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport were “illegal”, due to the fact that the British Government had not adequately taken climate change into account when approving the runway.
All the news reports this morning are that a deal at Copenhagen is dead. Barack Obama has said that we had run out of time to secure a deal in December. This will please the corporate lobbyists no end. The longer they can delay action on climate the better. But now Copenhagen’s iconic mermaid is … Read More
As bold PR moves go – and this is bold – amongst the politicians making promises today at the UN Climate Summit, the CEO of British Airways, Willie Walsh will make a dramatic pledge to cut global aviation emissions to 50 per cent of 2005 levels by 2050. Like a snake oil salesman bearing gifts … Read More
Why is the aviation industry been so untouchable when it comes to climate change? That is the question on many people’s lips as the British government prepares to cut carbon from pretty much every sector but aviation. The way aviation is treated may have something to do with the intricate links between the industry and … Read More
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
Log onto the website StopOilSpeculationNow.com and you might think that it’s a plea by poor American consumers who are being hit by rocking oil prices. But you would be wrong: it is a PR effort by the Air Transport Association of America. The adverts include one where a globe is being squeezed with a drop … Read More