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Heathrow extension sparks carbon debate


Building a new runway at Heathrow will make it harder to solve the problems of air pollution and climate change emissions which the UK already faces, environmentalists have warned. The Government has been ordered by the Supreme Court to urgently produce a plan to improve poor air quality in the UK, which causes thousands of premature deaths and disease a year, to meet European Union legal limits. In the report backing a third runway at Heathrow, Sir Howard Davies warns that without action to tackle air quality, expansion could create pollution levels in 2030 that meant the UK was breaching the law.