MPs criticise UK Government over Heathrow air quality

The UK Government is being criticised for “still not doing enough” to show it can mitigate the environmental impacts of the planned new runway at Heathrow Airport. MPs on the cross party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) say they have seen “little evidence so far of the step change” in the government’s approach to environmental mitigation […]

Climate activists block tunnel in Heathrow runway protest

Climate activists protesting against Heathrow’s planned third runaway have blocked a road and tunnel leading to the terminals. Three Rising Up! protesters have chained themselves to a vehicle in protest against the plans, which comes amidst a four-month long public consultation. Simon Bramwell, one of the activists involved described the consultation process as “illegitimate and […]

Heathrow third runway: Air quality and climate rules must be met

Planning consent for the third runway at Heathrow Airport will only be granted if it can be delivered within existing air quality limits and climate change obligations. The airport will have to ban night flights and make legally binding pledges to stick to environment targets under new proposals unveiled by the government. The draft Airports […]

Heathrow protest leads to 15 arrests

An access road to Heathrow airport was blockaded on Saturday morning during a protest over the proposed third runway. Activists for RisingUp! claim Theresa May’s go-ahead for the expansion will break UK emission limits and make achieving the Paris Agreement climate goals impossible. Around 250 people took part in the demonstration and 15 arrests were made […]

Heathrow climate activists to plead guilty

Three climate activists who protested at Heathrow Airport last year are to plead guilty next week. The protestors from action group ‘Plane Stupid’ blocked the entrance tunnel to Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 3 last November. The activists were protesting against the proposed third runway at Heathrow which they claim will hurt the environment. Esme […]

Heathrow 13: Climate change activists avoid jail

The 13 climate change activists who protested at Heathrow Airport last year have avoided jail. Dubbed ‘Heathrow 13’, the protestors from action group ‘Plane Stupid’ have been given suspended sentences in addition to unpaid community work. Last month they were found guilty of aggravated trespass and entering a security-restricted area. The demonstration, which took place […]

Climate activists stage protest at Heathrow Airport

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Environmental hurdles for third runway are “disappearing”

Environmental objections to a third runway at Heathrow airport are “disappearing”, the chair of the energy and climate change committee said today. Senior Tory MP Tim Yeo claimed the inclusion of airlines under the EU emissions trading scheme means Heathrow could be expanded without damaging the environment. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the MP said: […]