Environmentally-conscious rocker Sting has angered campaigners by allowing the world's 'worst polluting airline' to sponsor a gig he performed in New York City last night (02NOV05).

Eos offers flights from London to New York, using adapted Boeing 757 jets, for just 48 business class passengers, creating four tonnes of carbon dioxide per passenger, per return trip - and prompting its label from eco group Friends Of The Earth.

Publicity material for the concert at Manhattan's Metropolitian Pavilion boasted "Sting supports Mother Earth", informing fans that a fundraising auction was held to raise money for the Soil Association.

But critics have discovered several Soil Association executives were flown out to the gig, by the offending airline.