A Rocha UK’s Head of Conservation, Andy Lester, assesses the environmental impact of recent court decisions and the Chancellor’s budget.
On 27 February the UK Government were roundly defeated in a Court of Appeal ruling on the third runway proposal for Heathrow Airport. Local action groups and conservation organisations have hailed the landmark ruling as an incredible success story.
There is no doubt that an additional runway at Heathrow would be an unmitigated disaster – increasing carbon emissions and other pollutants and impacting air quality locally and more widely. The land taken would have been considerable too; damaging and destroying important green space and existing housing on the edge of London. Although the government has said it will not appeal the Court’s decision, Heathrow is expected to, so the battle is probably not over yet.
Even so, the recent court decision is an example of common sense and a reminder of the power of courts to enforce UK legislation and international commitments on climate change even on the government itself. And, sadly, that is necessary since the UK government remains far, far away from ... Read more...
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