London — The planned expansion of London's Heathrow Airport was declared unlawful on environmental grounds by a court on Thursday, a ruling that could sink the £14bn project that has been dogged by decades of dispute and indecision.

In a victory for climate change campaigners, an appeal court judge said that a failure to take into account the government's commitments on climate change was “legally fatal” to the plans to build a third runway at Europe's busiest airport...

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