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Although long suspected, the fact that mass take-offs and landings are large pollution sources could never be proved before, because aircraft pollution could not be measured as separate from the pollution caused by vehicles operating near by.
But an analysis of the first three days of the unprecedented closure of UK airspace, at Heathrow and Gatwick, shows that there is a definite air pollution caused by air traffic in the vicinity of airport hubs.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
This is HILARIOUS.
They stopped flights because of a massive ash cloud (heavy air pollution), then they turn around and say their airplanes create too much Pollution? WTH!
It's ridiculous ! LOL!
Volcanoes are 1000x worse polluters of the air than all the airplanes on earth combined.
This report is just asinine. It truly is.
What damage could jet exhaust cause compared to millions of tons of volcanic ash????
If we humans really created bad pollution, wouldn't flights be canceled due to OUR POLLUTION ruining the air corridors???
Originally posted by Muckster
reply to post by YourPopRock
You seem to be arguing from the point of the airlines! Correct?
If so... do you value the financial status of an airline over the health of people??
Personally if BA or Ryan Air goes bust... but peoples health, wellbeing, and quality of air improves... so be it
[edit on 22-4-2010 by Muckster]
Originally posted by Muckster
reply to post by JScytale
This is with regards to the other pollutants that planes put out... not CO2... CO2 is (although debated regarding the whole global warming issue) not a poison that causes asthma and other breathing complaints as far as i am aware.
You make a good point, this is difficult for me as my dad was BA cabin crew for 37 years, my uncle and aunt are still BA cabin crew as are my next door neighbors. So i know alot of people who make their living, employed in the airline industry.Also, Heathrow is one of the biggest airports in the world and air travel is vital if Britain wants to remain as an economic power.
These things need to be balanced. The other problem, if we have more expensive flights, travel will again be something only enjoyed by the wealthy.
to be honest - i agree on your points. if controls were signed into law i wouldn't be too pissed off because i recognize my situation is a rarity, and while a major sacrifice for someone like me, it would be a minor one if at all to 95% of the planet.
however, i just think that air travel plays too vital a role to severely limit it. it's not just pleasure and vacations - a lot of industries absolutely rely on the ability to move things across the world quickly, from the post office to manufacture / retail.
while severely limiting aircraft would have an impact on pollution, it would have a tremendous negative impact and relatively minor improvement on global pollution compared to, say, strict automobile regulations.