London mayor Ken Livingstone has called for the Government to drop its plans for a third runway at Heathrow and to halt any further airport expansion in London and the South East.
Mr Livingstone said there is no case to be made for expanding Heathrow or any other airport in London or the South East and new runways and more planes would cause more carbon emissions, increasing the threat of catastrophic climate change.
He was speaking during a visit to Sipson village in Hillingdon, which would be bulldozed if plans for a third runway are approved.
Mr Livingstone said:"It is vital that all airport expansion in London and the South East, including Heathrow is halted now as it is completely contrary to the growing evidence on the role of aviation in contributing towards catastrophic climate change.
"On every test - environment, economic and quality of life - the argument for expanding Heathrow has not been made and I don’t believe it ever can. We have a duty to protect our environment not just for us, but the generations who will come after us."