Zac Goldsmith and John Gummer's Quality of Life Commission will publish its recommendations this week. I understand that among the proposals will be a call for a moratorium on airport expansion – certainly in the South-east – and a re-evaluation of the roads enlargement programme.
Given that road transport already accounts for about a quarter of Britain's carbon footprint and that aviation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, these are sensible ideas. But while all the talk will be about whether or not David Cameron will take their thorough work on board, the real question is – will Brown?
Contrary to claims from industry pundits, the majority of people didn't fly abroad last year.
The Department for Transport's National Travel Survey, which usually covers surface travel, included a new question on international flights. 21% of people had taken one (return) flight abroad, and 9% had made three or more flights.
The relationship between Labour and industry means that parliament won't do enough.
I was pleased that your leader (A different kind of turbulence, August 20) recognised the climate campers' scientific argument that inaction on climate change now will cost lives later. As the leading climate researcher Dr Kevin Anderson said last week, "the government cannot reconcile current aviation growth with its stated position on climate change. Even with the latest more efficient aircraft, the climate-change imperative demands that air-travel growth be severely curtailed." However, I was stunned by the Guardian's notion that because nowadays "nearly all politicians will at least pay lip service to green issues", the merits of "Swampy-style activism" have been undermined. Equally, the idea that there has been a "big political shift ... since 1996" is not reflected by the facts.
As the Camp for Climate Action continues its clear-up, BAA announces that Duncan Bonfield, director of communications, and Mark Mann, head of media relations, have quit the organisation, in a row with Ferrovial, their Spanish parent company.
Nothing to do with the wave of negative PR following the most useless injunction in history and a 24 hour seige of its world HQ, of course.