Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Competition Commission order BAA to sell off Stansted Airport

The Competition Commission have announced that airport operator BAA should be forced to sell Stansted Airport and either Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport. The CC argue that passengers would benefit from better competition if airports were in a variety of hands.

The news has been welcomed by budget carrier Ryanair who claim that over the last 5 years BAA has doubled its charges to airlines at Stansted in order to make excessive profit. Ryanair also claim that this is the reason for a reduction in airport traffic from 24m in 2007 to just over 18m in 2011. 

Ryanair's resident wallflower Michael O'Leary commented: “Ryanair believes that the BAA is an abusive airport monopoly, which engages in significant overcharging and monopoly profiteering at Stansted, to fund Ferrovial's [its owner] acquisition and operation of Heathrow Airport.”

Do you love a 1/4lb with cheese, drive through? Think about the emissions says a study

A report conducted by the Environmental Working Group has revealed the effects of meat and dairy consumption on the environment. The study, titled 'Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health' concluded that if every person in the US did not eat meat and cheese for one day a week for one year, it would reduce emissions to the equivalent of removing 7.6 millions cars from the roads.

Beef was found to be the most damaging food in terms of emissions and twice as damaging as pork and gives off four times the emissions of chicken. It is also calculated to be 13 higher than vegetable proteins such as lentils and tofu.