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Category Name: Emissions

Support for airlines is bottomless pit

The Dutch government recently presented a new Aviation Bill. It led to massive criticism because it is entirely based on growth without asking how much aviation does the Netherlands actually need. So we present an alternative vision that will not destroy the economy, but that benefits everyone.

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Video: The Elephant in the Room

Dutch citizens have made a video about aviation policy in the Netherlands. The government is ignoring the public interests of residents living near Schiphol with regard to liveability, health, safety and climate. The policy is always aimed at the growth of the private airline company KLM. Schiphol is primarily a transfer airport.

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Schiphol/KLM: smart international transport needed

The Dutch government wants to prevent home carrier KLM from going down due to the corona crisis. The transfer network at Schiphol must be saved in order to keep essential economic centers in the world accessible to top sectors in the Netherlands. At the same time, the Cabinet believes that sustainability and the environment must […]

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Short-term exposure to ufp increases risk of cardiac arrest

Even a short exposure to a low amount of ultra fine particles increases the risk of cardiac arrest. This emerges from large-scale research in Japan. The researchers are urgently calling for stricter standards. ‘Our study supports recent evidence that there is no safe level of air pollution,’ said cardiologist Kazuaki Negishi of the University of […]

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Will Boris build a third runway at Heathrow?

Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister whose Conservative Party won an impressive majority in the recent UK General Election, once said he ‘would lie down in front of the bulldozers’ to stop a third runway at Heathrow. He has always been against it. When he was Mayor of London he wanted a new airport to […]

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Protestival weekend at Schiphol Airport

Many local action groups joined Greenpeace NL in organizing a well prepared mass-action. Everybody signed petitions, joined climate marches and went on strike for the climate. Now it’s time to take action together. On 14 & 15 December everyone can join the Protestival at Schiphol! Why Schiphol? Because this is the largest tax-free gas station […]

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‘Climate-damaging air traffic steals its responsibility’

The environmental associations German Federal Agency for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND), the German Transport Association (VCD) and the German Association for the Protection of the Environment (DNR) have welcomed the proposal of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze to raise the aviation tax as an urgently overdue step. ‘The particularly climate-damaging air traffic should […]

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Plans Schiphol for 40,000 extra flights: angry reaction

After 2020, the Dutch government has allowed Schiphol to grow to a maximum of 540 thousand flight movements per year. Growth is only permitted if the aviation sector can demonstrate that the nuisance to the immediate environment is reduced, for example due to quieter and cleaner aircraft. Citizen’s organisations think minister Van Nieuwenhuizen’s proposal to […]

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Proof: ultra-fine particles from aircraft affect health

A thorough study among 191 primary school children who live near Schiphol Airport shows that  high concentrations of ultra-fine particles from aircraft can effect health seriously. When the wind blows in the ‘wrong’ direction children with respiratory complaints suffer more and use more medication. Complaints include shortness of breath and wheezing. These are the conclusions […]

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