The new Heathrow Airport runway rejected because of climate change

There are about 80 million passengers flying through London’s Heathrow Airport each year, but to increase its capacity of another 50 million dollars, the airport is looking to add a third runway. So you can make the Heathrow Airport, by far, the busiest airport on the Earth.

But three British judge on Thursday blocked the construction of a new, more than 10,000 feet long, asphalt. In a lawsuit brought by environmental organizations, the judges found that the government of the runway on the plans failed to consider how to add air traffic—this will be such an amazing amount of heat to capture carbon dioxide will affect the UK’s commitment to slash carbon emissions, agreed at the historic Paris climate agreement.

Is”having the legal constraints of deadly”runway plans, the judge wrote.

“The Paris Agreement should have been considered by the Secretary of State for the preparation of(runway plan)and the interpretation given to it how to consider, but it’s not”, they say.

The new runway, however, still might get built one day—if Heathrow explains how it does not hinder the national goal is ambitious cuts in carbon emissions. (Judges stressed they could not completely prohibit a third runway, only a plan of the runway does not take into account the country of the Paris commitments.)

But when it comes to carbon emissions, airplanes have a big problem. This is because the large passenger aircraft, which make about 95% of commercial aviation emissions will continue to burn liquid fuel, at least by many centuries. “We will continue to use jet fuel exhausted eye can see,”Delta CEO Ed Bastian. And jet fuel is largely made from petroleum products.

A chart showing the carbon emissions from aircraft.

A chart showing the carbon emissions from aircraft.

Image: International Council on Clean Transportation

If the airline you want to bold cuts in emissions, however, they have a choice: a fuel made from plants, commonly referred to as biofuels. Yes, when the combustion engine, biofuels will still be carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. However, the key is that the biofuel does not require any new oil can and hydraulic fracturing drill out of the earth, adding a new source of CO2 into the air.

“Instead of releasing the carbon as CO2 has been on Earth for billions of years, and this is from a plant,”Andrew Sutton, who works on chemical energy storage team at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, told Mashable.

It is possible, although challenging, for the airline to increase the use of biofuels in the next 10 or 15 years, explains aerospace engineer Timothy Takahashi. But there is very little infrastructure and production of biofuels today. These more eco-friendly fuel made up less than one-tenth of one percent of aviation fuel combustion in 2018.

If the future of the aircraft passing through Heathrow Airport ran biofuels, perhaps the airport can prove that the addition of a new runway, as well as several hundred million more annual passengers.

There is also a hot buzzword in the aviation industry, can play a small role in helping any one airline or airport, to meet its ambitious climate target: a carbon offset. Practice relates to the payment of the item, the absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere(protecting land, planting of trees)or technology to replace fossil fuel combustion(wind and solar projects)to offset the carbon dioxide release.

The problem is, the planting of many trees, for example, does not slow the civilization of rising carbon emissions, but also can not immediately absorb the carbon in the air. Even 1 trillion trees planted on Earth by 2050, Not the remote address The Earth’s growing carbon emissions problem. And, of course, there is the increasingly serious problem of forest burning in a hot climate, which pumps the carbon dioxide back to the atmosphere.

At the same time, new wind farms are great, but these wind farms will not stop the aircraft, the spontaneous of carbon into the atmosphere and the global carbon emissons have dropped to zero the earth to stop warming.

It is important that the airline industry today already emits more carbon into the atmosphere than almost every country on Earth, and aviation CO2 emissions increased by 32% since 2013. About 20,000 aircraft to fly around the Earth today, but there are about 50 000 plane is expected to take the air 2040.

The aircraft business is expected Three people In the next 25 years.

Unless Airlines rapid transition to biofuels, more runway will almost certainly mean more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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