Plane Truth : Aviation's Real Impact on People and the Environment
As aviation charges ahead to become one of the world's fastest growing industries, with passenger numbers and cargo volumes projected to double in the next 20 years, Plane Truth sounds a highly informed note of scepticism. Rose Bridger provides a comprehensive account of aviation's impact, including how new airports are gobbling up farmland and wildlife habitats and inflicting noise and air pollution on communities. She reveals the extraordinary level of subsidy for the industry, from government expenditure on infrastructure to tax breaks, which helps to support the industry in the face of rising oil prices and the global economic downturn. Plane Truth demolishes industry claims that fuel-efficient aircraft and alternative fuels can enable growth without increasing climate change and reveals the symbiotic relationship between aviation and the wider socio-economic problems facing humanity.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 129 x 198 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
- 10 Oct 2013
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Acronyms/ Glossary Introduction 1 The Future of Flight 2 Feeding the Fuel Tanks 3 Local Environmental Impacts 4 Threats to Wildlife & Farmland 5 Green Garnish 6 Air Cargo 7 Industrial Cargo 8 Arms, Aid & Accidents 9 Concrete & Overcapacity 10 Counting the Costs 11 Real Estate & Revenue Streams 12 How Aviation Keeps Growing Appendix Notes Index
It is good to have a book packed with detail about aviation, but not written from an industry perspective. Rose Bridger has produced such a book. -- John Stewart, Chair of Airport Watch Plane Truth is an essential read for all of us who care about the environment and future generations. Flying has become as natural to most people in countries like the UK and USA as having breakfast or listening to music. It is easy to forget that flying is helping through climate change emissions and other forms of pollution to destroy our world. The air industry is a huge lobby but Rose Bridger has produced a book that punctures their dangerous lies. -- Derek Wall, International coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales Plane Truth is truly comprehensive in its global perspective and illustrates the stark reality of the impact of the rapid growth in aviation. It highlights the sustained and damaging effect that aviation has on our environment, the lives of individuals and whole communities. It is a fascinating and extremely insightful narrative. -- Liz Mason, Teaching Fellow in International Business, Leeds University Rose Bridger's research is at the cutting edge of understanding new perspectives on Green economics. Plane Truth provides a valuable analysis of the role of the industry in the world economy that is second to none. This is a massively helpful contribution to the literature on aviation, and industry in general, giving valuable insight into how we all end up paying for the follies of large industrial concerns and networks. The cost of this industry to all of us is substantial and hitherto little understood. This ground breaking book shows how it really works, how we are all paying the cost, and a small minority are reaping the benefit. Bridger exposes the narratives used to justify airport expansion, which include "greenwash" and technological innovation which fails to address the real impacts. Don't miss this timely and vital book as climate extremes and instability start to impact all of us. Bridger exposes the truth - make sure you read it in this vital book! -- Miriam Kennet, Director of the Green Economics Institute There is a lot more at stake in arguments about aviation than appears at first sight. This book is a guide to the wider issues: how airports shape food supply, international trade flows, government bailouts, and the future of the climate. -- Prof. Victor Anderson, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University A treasure trove that will shock and surprise with much jaw dropping material about the rapidly expanding and much subsidised world of airports, air travel and freight and their impact on climate change, biofuel demand, and much more. -- Geoff Tansey, writer, Joseph Rowntree Visionary for a Just and Peaceful World, Trustee of Food Ethics Council A veritable 'vade mecum' of the sins of the aviation industry, with the references all lined up standing at attention. Indeed if the aviation bosses were in court with you as the prosecuting counsel, they would all receive long terms in prison. Hurrah!
About Rose Bridger
Rose Bridger works on environmental issues in the UK in the areas of policy, practical projects and community development. She has been a consultant for the local food sector and campaigned against air freight expansion for a number of years.