As aviation is celebrated as 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 note of caution.
In addition to the environmental impact of airport expansion, devouring farmland and wildlife habitats, and aviation's impact of noise and air pollution on communities, Rose Bridger reveals the extraordinary government subsidies for the aviation industry, encompassing government expenditure on infrastructure to tax breaks, all of which serve to support the industry in the face of rising oil prices and global economic downturn. Disavowing 'greenwashing' claims of fuel-efficient aircraft and alternative fuels that will enable growth without climate change, from British Airways to American Airlines, the symbiotic relationship between aviation and the wider socio-economic problems facing humanity is manifest.
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. She is the author of Plane Truth (Pluto, 2013).
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