A new study, to be published today (9/10/13), has found that deaths from stroke, heart and circulatory disease are 20% higher in areas with high levels of aircraft noise than in places with the least noise.
Researchers at Imperial College London and King’s College London compared data on day- and night-time aircraft noise with hospital admissions and mortality rates among a population of 3.6 million people living near Heathrow airport. The findings are published in the British Medical Journal. The study covered 12 London boroughs and nine districts outside of London where aircraft noise exceeds 50 decibels – about the volume of a normal conversation in a quiet room.
Link to the study. Link to the HACAN press release.
HACAN has published a selection of the emails it received during Summer 2013.
It showed that, by some distance the largest number of complaints came from South East London. Read the report.
Over 250 people from six countries across Europe attended the European Aviation Campaigner’s Conference in Attaching near Munich earlier this year.
The campaigners pledged to work to together on Europe-wide campaigns to end night flights and the tax-breaks – such as tax-free fuel – which the aviation industry enjoys. You can read their full manifesto.
The growing European campaigners movement has taken much of its inspiration from the successful campaign to stop a third runway at Heathrow.
The night time respite trial where HACAN worked with Heathrow Airport, NATS and British Airways produced mixed results.
But it did bring benefits to over 100,000 people and it did help put the need for respite firmly on the Government’s agenda.
Read more about the trial in PDF format.
In mid-August the Airports Commission published the submissions it received for new runways and new airports.
It also published submissions on ways to improve the capacity of Heathrow in the short and medium term. It is inviting comments on them by 27th September.
You can read the submissions on its website.
A 2 page aide for people who might want to respond produced by HACAN.
The Airports Commission is asking for views on aircraft noise.
Here is an easy-to-read guide which HACAN has produced in PDF format.
A short report released today by campaign group HACAN claims that a third runway at Heathrow would kill off an historic opportunity to improve the noise climate for residents.
Read the report Heathrow in a Noisy League of it’s Own.
Read the HACAN press release.