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Category Name: Pollution

Health risks caused by environmental noise

More than 100 million people in Europe are exposed to harmful levels of environmental noise pollution. Long-term exposure to environmental noise contributes to 48 000 new cases of heart disease and 12 000 premature deaths every year in Europe. In addition, 22 million people suffer chronic high annoyance, and 6.5 million suffer chronic high sleep […]

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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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Smart transport package saves 9 million tons of CO2

Amsterdam, 23 July – Calculations by CE Delft, commissioned by Friends of the Earth Netherlands, show that the government can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 9 million tonnes of CO2. By introducing a smart transport package with 5 measures, including a multi-fly tax and kilometre levy and a climate bonus for every Dutch […]

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Russian citizens ask UECNA for help

Yesterday was a historic day for UECNA. Our European cooperation already had transatlantic connections, including via the EANS noise measurement system. For the first time in our 50th anniversary, we are in contact with a Russian group that is greatly affected by the changed runway use at Moscow. We have assured them through an video […]

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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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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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