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Plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been blocked

The construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport, London, has been ruled over as campaigners won a court of appeal.

This decision was made on environmental grounds.

Environmental charities, Sadiq Khan, Plan B and councils affected by the expansion brought legal action to the UK government’s plans for the runway’s construction.

It was made clear by Lords Justice Lindblom, Singh and Haddoncave that the Paris Agreement was not taken into account enough by the UK government.

Justice Lindbloom stated “The Paris Agreement ought to have been taken into account by the Secretary of State in the preparation of the NPS and an explanation given as to how it was taken into account, but it was not.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also backed the campaigners stating that he would “lie down in front of the bulldozers”.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the government would let Heathrow decide if the case should continue or not.

-Sam Fitzsimons

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