Darling shrugs off dire warnings on aviation's climate impacts

A huge expansion in airport capacity over the next 20 years has been sanctioned by the Government's aviation White Paper.1 The paper greatly understates aircrafts' contribution to global warming - and the only policy offered to address the issue is a push to include European flights in the EU emissions trading scheme from 2008. A planned new runway at Heathrow will depend on the success of measures to prevent breaches of EU air quality limits.

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