The Guardian - Matthew Taylor

Impact on climate of expansion plans at regional airports has been underestimated, report finds

The study from the New Economics Foundation (NEF) calculated that proposals to expand four airports in England will lead to an increase in emissions up to eight times higher than previously claimed.

The report also found that plans to expand Bristol, Leeds Bradford, Southampton and Stansted airports had overestimated their economic benefit – ignoring up to £13.4bn worth of climate damage the plans could cause.

Alex Chapman, the author of the report, said the findings raised concerns about the level of scrutiny the proposals had received.

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