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‘For a song down the tubes’

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The plane, the means of transport that had to provide a closer world, threatens to grow into a climate killer. Can aviation be sustainable in time? Or should we restrict the sector? ‘For a snack to the Philistines’ is the literal translation of Google Translate of the heading of a Dutch article which says that

Noise is defined as ‘Unwanted Sound’

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Aviation Noise Impacts: State of the Science. This is the title of a very informative summary of the current state of scientific knowledge regarding the adverse effects of aircraft noise emissions on the public, published in Noise & Health. ‘Aircraft noise is one, if not the most detrimental environmental effect of aviation. It can cause

‘Ration on climate unfriendly products’

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We reward our own pieces of good environmental behaviour with extra benefits that largely negate this profit. Above all, others must also do something more about the environment. In this way we will never achieve the climate goals of Paris, can be read in an article in de Volkskrant of 17 February (Plus-article, for now

‘And if we introduced a tax on kerosene?’

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Article in the February 2018 issue of Siné Mensuel,  in English translated by Google Translate. Siné Mensuel is a French satirical newspaper with drawings, of course, but also reports investigations, rants, as you have not read elsewhere… Cartoon courtesy of Siné Mensuel / Berth

Lelystad Airport: citizens insist on postponement

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‘Lelystad Airport won’t open next year, too many problems‘, said ChristenUnie, one of the four coalition parties in Dutch government, on January 4 (DutchNews.nl). ‘Trust in the government is now zero and officials will have to be extremely careful to build it up again.’ But authorities keep hitting rock bottom in this dossier (DutchNews.nl, February

Heathrow consultation: beware of tacit agreement

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The No 3rd Runway Coalition is very critical of the current consultation on Heathrow’s runway plans. People are advised, if they send in a response, to make sure their submission is not taken as tacit agreement with the 3rd runway. The operation of Heathrow airport currently exposes hundreds of thousands of people to the intolerable,

Aviation-related impacts on UFP near airports

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Aircraft engine exhaust emissions are a significant source of ultra fine particles (UFP; aerodynamic diameter <100 nm) and can cause several-fold increases in ground-level particle number concentrations (PNC) over large areas downwind of airports, as a recent study in the United States shows. Exposure to UFP is of particular concern because it is associated with

Noise tax in Northwest Italy

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From 1 January 2018 the aircraft noise tax (Iresa) was introduced in Piedmont, Italy, giving an economic value to the weight, equal to € 0.50 per ton. This was decided at the meeting of the regional commission – which involved Finance and Transport – of 25 October last. The Conference of Regions, in 2012, had

Aircraft Noise and the Heart

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Noise has been found associated with annoyance, stress, sleep disturbance, and impaired cognitive performance. Furthermore, epidemiological studies have found that environmental noise is associated with an increased incidence of arterial hypertension, myocardial infarction, heart failure, and stroke. Observational and translational studies indicate that especially night-time noise increases levels of stress hormones and vascular oxidative stress,