Tuesday, 19 May 2009

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THREAT OF AVIATION AND PORT EXPANSION TO KENT

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 19th May 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192


NEW RESEARCH SHOWS AVIATION AND SHIPPING POLLUTION WORSE THAN EXPECTED

New research shows the effects of aviation(1) and shipping(2) pollution to be considerably worse than previous expectations. This has major implications for the expansion of airports and ports in Kent. Steve Dawe comments:

“Airport expansion in Kent could be halted by its climate impacts alone. New research shows that aviation emissions are far more damaging than previously thought. With Manston and Lydd both showing major financial losses recently(3), this provides another reason to accept Kent Green Party’s argument that these sites should be used as all-weather leisure centres to support our expanding domestic tourism in Kent and Medway.

“Even more startling is research showing up to 39,000 people in the European Union are dying prematurely each year as a result of pollution from shipping. Since all of Kent’s ports, but particularly Dover, are trying to expand, this pollution now becomes more important as a climate change and a public health issue.

“Both aviation expansion and Port expansion generate more traffic movements so we need to consider if we really want public money used on road maintenance, or lorry parks or - even worse – new road building when the aviation and shipping industries need to cut their emissions radically and rapidly.”

FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above.

Notes:
1. SEE: http://www.transportenvironment.org/News/2009/5/Climate-impact-of-aviation-greater-than-IPCC-report/
2. SEE: http://www.transportenvironment.org/News/2009/5/Environmental-and-health-impact-of-shipping-seriously-underestimated/
3. About £4 million in the case of Manston and over £1 million in the case of Lydd.

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