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Video: Heathrow protest

Posted by bex — 26 February 2008 at 11:04am - Comments

Video: when I grow up

Posted by bex — 25 February 2008 at 3:12pm - Comments

A brilliant reminder from enoughsenough of just what's at stake when it comes to airport expansion:

Pictures from Heathrow

Posted by bex — 25 February 2008 at 2:48pm - Comments

A few pictures from today's plane-top protest at Heathrow:

Placing the banner

Hanging the banner on the tailfin
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Virgin's biofuel flight is all spin and greenwash

Posted by jamie — 25 February 2008 at 2:28pm - Comments

With all the excitement happening today at Terminal One, it's worth remembering that yesterday was another eventful one in Heathrow's calendar as a Virgin Atlantic plane steered away from its usual transatlantic route to fly between Heathrow and Amsterdam. No, the guidance systems weren't malfunctioning: it was a test flight to demonstrate that biofuels can be used in aircraft. But what's that dripping from the undercarriage? Could it be a tonne of greenwash?

Virgin announced its plans to test biofuels some time ago but has been reluctant to say exactly what kind of biofuel they would be using. To quell concerns about the impact on the cost of food, a press release assured us that it wouldn't "compete with food and fresh water resources". The rumour was that it would be made from algae, but in the end it turned out to be a mixture of coconut and babassu oil. These aren't food crops as such, but if the aviation industry leaps on them as an apparently easy way to reduce emissions, that's going to have a huge environmental impact.

Climate campaigners bring peaceful protest to Heathrow

Posted by bex — 25 February 2008 at 11:41am - Comments

Greenpeace campaigners unfurl a banner on the tailfin

Climate emergency - no third runway

As the banner on top of this London - Manchester flight says, we're in the middle of a climate emergency. The fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK is just about to get another boost from Brown's government. On Wednesday, the consultation on whether to nearly double the size of Heathrow by building a new runway will close, and the government looks set to cave in to the aviation industry.

This morning, four of our volunteers have climbed on top of a plane at Heathrow and are wrapping a banner around the tailfin. The plane - one of 32 flights every day between London and Manchester - had just arrived in Heathrow and the passengers had disembarked when four volunteers walked through the double doors at Heathrow Terminal One, crossing an area of tarmac and climbing onto the fuselage of the British Airways flight.

Greenpeace campaigners climb on top Heathrow short-haul flight

Posted by tracy — 25 February 2008 at 11:25am - Comments

Greenpeace campaigners climb to the top of a BA flight at Heathrow

Photo taken on mobile phone by one of the climbers on top of the plane.

Four Greenpeace climate campaigners have just climbed on top of a Manchester to London plane after it parked at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal One. They are now covering the tailfin with a huge protest banner that reads “CLIMATE EMERGENCY – NO 3rd RUNWAY”.

Porsche sulks over London congestion charge, starts a petition

Posted by jamie — 22 February 2008 at 5:11pm - Comments

Porsche logoLondon mayor Ken Livingstone was never going to get an easy ride over his planned changes to the congestion charge, and Porsche's threat of a legal challenge is perhaps no big surprise. Famed for its fast, sleek, inefficient cars, it claims the new £25-a-day charge on gas guzzlers is "unfair and disproportionate".

As well as the promised judicial review, the company has started a petition for the Jeremy Clarksons of this world to voice their opposition to Ken's plan. "We know that huge numbers of people in London and across the rest of the country support our case," they claim. "They agree with us that it would be bad for London - that it is unfair and sends the wrong message about what sort of a city London is whilst having no meaningful benefit on the environment."

Stop Heathrow expansion: dates for your diary

Posted by bex — 22 February 2008 at 4:02pm - Comments

Arrivals - noise, pollution, climate change

A third runway at Heathrow will mean the imminent arrival of more noise, pollution and climate change

The end of the Heathrow stitch up consultation is nigh, so here's another quick reminder that, on Monday, MPs, activists, authors, and, well, all sorts of people opposing Heathrow expansion are holding a mass rally and filling Central Hall in Westminster.

Weekly green web: down Ambridge way

Posted by jamie — 22 February 2008 at 3:54pm - Comments

The week's best green stuff on the web, just in time for your afternoon tea and cake break:

  • As the anaerobic digester plotline gathers pace on The Archers, the BBC website provides a handy guide for biogas fans.
  • Oh, and in last week's web poll on The Archers website, 75.1 per cent said yes, Ruth and David were wise to be involved with the anaerobic digester. (That's everything from Ambridge, I promise. For now, at least.)
  • But more from the BBC: World on the Move employs Google Maps in a rather funky way to track great animal migrations across the globe.
  • Climate change is now a fashion as well as an environmental phenomenon because, look, Diesel have a new campaign with the tagline 'Global warming ready'. And here's the video. Tongue-in-cheek or dispicable trivialisation? Discuss. (Thanks again to Osocio for the tip.)
  • And a plug for Action Aid's excellent Who Pays? campaign, getting regulations to make sure supermarkets don't exploit workers in developing countries. Watch mine and then make your own.
  • Finally, the real answer to global warming.

A life in carbon: my footprint according to Defra

Posted by jamie — 22 February 2008 at 2:19pm - Comments

Defra's Act on CO2 calculator

My carbon footprint according to Defra

As I've been winding down my experiments with carbon calculators, I've been noticing more and more just how variable they can be. The results they spit out fluctuate wildly but as they all ask slightly different questions, that's not surprising. What surprises me are the differences between what they claim the CO2 emissions of your average Briton are, and if your trying to figure out whether you're a relatively big emitter or a teeny tiny one, that can be something of a problem.

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