The airport gives us our morning wake-up call
Via the Skyguide air traffic controllers we are almost sure to get our early morning wake-up call soon after 6am. Is the Federal Council also hearing a wake-up call?
Recently, all airport neighbours living under the flight paths of the airport have had the pleasure (!) of hearing the noise of an early morning takeoff. Last Sunday morning, 10 July 2016, we in Versoix could hear the easyJet flight leave for Split at 6h04 am, while our friends in Vernier had to wait until 6h10 am for the easyJet flight to Alicante. In case we did not hear these, before 7 am there were 8 more over Versoix and 5 more over Vernier.
The day after, 11 July, two more early flights over Versoix, the rest over Vernier.
Why? Well, it saves time and money for the airlines if the take-off is in the general direction of the destination. The feelings of the people hearing these early take-offs count for nothing. By comparison, at some other airports, including London Heath Row, efforts are made to give respite to the airport neighbours.
To make things worse, on the evening of 11 July the poor residents of Vernier had to listen to 16 take-offs after 10 pm: no prize for guessing the colour of most of these 16 aircraft. No doubt the weather played a part, but we should expect stormy weather around this time of the year (especially with global warming, for which aircraft make a significant contribution).
Today, 12 July, sees the release of a report suggesting that the UK is poorly prepared for climate change effects.
To quote from the report headlines :-
Climate change could have a domino effect on key infrastructure in the UK, government advisers have warned.
In a 2,000-page report, the Climate Change Committee says flooding will destroy bridges - wrecking electricity, gas and IT connections carried on them.
The committee also warns that poor farming means the most fertile soils will be badly degraded by mid-century.
And heat-related deaths among the elderly will triple to 7,000 a year by the 2050s as summer temperatures rise.
The UK is not prepared, the committee says, for the risks posed by climate change from flooding and changing coasts, heatwaves, water shortages, ecosystem damage and shocks to the global food system.
The projections are based on the supposition that governments keep promises made at the Paris climate conference to cut emissions - a pledge that is in doubt.
The committee says if emissions are allowed to spiral, London summer temperatures could hit 48C (118F) in an extreme scenario, although the advisers say they don't expect that to happen.
The report from 80 authors is the most comprehensive yet on the potential impact of climate change on the UK.
With Switzerland supposed to be a region particularly susceptible to the effects of global warming, one might wonder if the Federal Council is also aware of possible consequences here!