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Heathrow airport expansion ruled illegal by UK courts

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

The UK’s top court has ruled that the proposed plans to build a third runway at Heathrow International airport are illegal and that the government had failed to take account of the Paris climate agreement when considering the airports expansion.

The decision was made after a coalition of environmental organisations brought the issue to court with the government stating they will not challenge the decision.

The move is considered a huge win by environmental campaigners, arguing that increasing air traffic makes the job of limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius even harder.

Heathrow will appeal the decision, but the move by the courts may further fuel growing anxiety within banks and investors about funding carbon-intensive businesses and projects.

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