News at 9: Runway ‘melts’ as extreme heat smashes UK, Etihad Airways named ‘Environmental Airline of the year’ and more


Heatwave ‘melts runway’ at Luton airport, Etihad Airways named ‘Environmental Airline of the year’ and more in top stories of the day.

Runway melts at London Luton airport has temperatures in UK near 40C

One of the United Kingdom’s largest airports suspended flights on Monday after high temperatures damaged a runway. Temperatures soared up to 37 degrees Celsius (about 99 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country.

London Luton Airport announced the situation via Twitter and updated its status when the airport resumed operations on Monday evening. An “essential runway repair” was required “after high surface temperatures caused a small section to lift,” the airport said on Twitter. Full operations resumed just after 6 p.m. in London.

Last week on Friday, the UK’s Met Office issued its first ever “red” warning for extreme heat for Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures predicted to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country.

Etihad Airways named Airline Ratings ‘Environmental Airline of the Year 2022’

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been named ‘Environmental Airline of the Year 2022’ in the annual Airline Ratings awards. The ranking recognises Etihad’s industry-leading strategy to improve aviation sustainability for both the airline itself and the entire industry.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change chose the UAE as host for COP 28 which will take place in 2023. Etihad’s achievement is fully aligned with Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s own commitment to work with the international community to accelerate global efforts to address climate change and environmental protection and create a more sustainable economic future.

Australia’s environment in ‘shocking’ decline, report finds

Australia’s environment is in a shocking state and faces further decline from amplifying threats, according to an anticipated report. The survey of Australia’s ecological systems – conducted every five years – found widespread abrupt changes. These can be blamed on climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, pollution and mining, it said. The threats are not being adequately managed – meaning they are on track to cause more problems.

The 2,000-page State of the Environment report, commissioned by the government, found or reiterated:

  • Nineteen ecosystems are on the brink of collapse
  • There are now more non-native plant species in Australia than native ones
  • Australia has lost more species to extinction than any other continent
  • All bar one category of environment examined has deteriorated since 2016, and more than half are now in a “poor” state.

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