- Flying causes big global problems as well as local ones.
- Aviation is the fastest-growing source of CO2 (climate change) emissions.
- One return flight to Florida produces the equivalent CO2 of a year’s average motoring. (Independent 27/5/05)
- According to Government figures, aviation accounted for 13% of total UK climate change damage in 2005.
- Airports create localised air quality problems.
- These are not only due to emissions from airplanes, but also mainly to road traffic at and around airports, and emissions from ground service equipment and auxiliary power units.
- The main pollutants affecting local air quality are emissions of Nitrogen oxides (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM).
- Although air pollution problems around London City do not exceed legal limits, it is a concern for the thousands of people live close to the airport where the air pollution is at its worst.
- The playground of one local school is just 200 yards from City Airport.
- A new study conducted in Athens, Greece shows that airport noise increases risk of hypertension. Read more here.
- Noise pollution can impact children’s learning, interrupt conversations, disturb sleep and more. Here is an article from our friends at Aviation Environment Federation.