Willie Walsh’s airline emissions

When an important member of a highly polluting industry suggests that the industry should be taxed on its carbon emissions it is not usually because that there has been a conversion, similar to that on the road to Damascus. It is usually about damage limitation or spin. Continue reading

Terminal 5, snow and solar systems

At one time flying was rare and glamorous. Now it is a boring chore that you have to undertake with great guilt about the carbon emissions that flying creates assuaging the guilt by remembering that the vapour trials of aircraft diffuse light, probably slowing down the rate of global warming.


I went to the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport on Sunday. It was the first day of the new tax year, 6th April and for the first time in years it was snowing heavily in London. Continue reading