The expansion of Heathrow is an emblematic issue in the battle to stop climate breakdown. Less than a week after the UK laid landmark legislation to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the country’s largest airport (also the largest single source of UK emissions) unveiled its plans for a third runway.
“This whole absurd situation would almost be funny if we weren’t facing a climate emergency,” said John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK.
The £14bn “masterplan” – released in June – includes diverting rivers, rerouting the M25 and building the world’s largest carpark for 50,000 vehicles, despite no more cars needing to use the airport. The number of flights is set to increase from 480,000 per year to 756,000.
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