Sunday, June 03, 2007

So Stansted Airport is to blame for the melting ice caps

If you saw the front cover of the Independent last week, you will have seen a personal appeal by one of Greenland's Inuit leaders not to expand Stansted Airport. The basic message was: "If you take more flights, you'll melt our ice caps".

I'm not sure how expanding a tiny Airport in Essex will bring about a global warming catastrophe, especially as all the flights in the world only make up 2-3% of carbon emissions. But facts don't count for much at the Independent, emotional impact matters much more.

There is a good write up here.