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Climate justice in tourism?

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Eight percent of global emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases - i.e. almost every 12th ton – come from tourism. The lion's share of this is generated when travelling to and from the destination, especially when flying.

After the Floods in Kerala

The devastating floods and landslides in the South Indian state of Kerala destroyed a large part of the crops. In the mountain district of Wayanad, farmers hardly have any resources to reinvest in rice farming again after the flood. Now community tourism tied to agriculture is seen as a …

Aviation and Shipping: The Elephants in the Room

With high emissions, enormous growth rates and a lack of binding reduction targets, the bunkers threaten to undermine global efforts to mitigate climate change, writes Annegret Zimmermann. It is therefore more urgent than ever to address aviation and shipping at the highest level of …

Aerotropolis developments

Aerotropolis projects are among the largest megaprojects pursued by governments and corporations. These airport centric developments destroy farmland and forests, and act as economic enclaves, fostering corporate growth and excluding host communities. All over the world, developments …

Carbon Offsetting – A Questionable Way to Conserve Forests

By Christina Kamp In many parts of the world, forests are cut down and degraded. Climate change increases the urgency of effective forest conservation. Sustainable solutions for forest protection are hard to find – and need to suit local conditions. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) …

Less "Fun", More Challenges

Tourism is a booming industry in the Philippines. This trend has been running for a couple of years now, making this Southeast Asian republic one of the rising stars in the global tourism industry. In 2012 alone, the number of visitors increased to 4.3 million from 3.9 million the previous …

Flying green

Profile 47 - Flying green. Potentials, Risks and Perspectives of Agrofuels in the Aviation Sector
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International climate policy aims to limit global warming to a maximum of two degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st century in relation to pre-industrial era. To obtain this goal, effective climate protection measures must be implemented soon. Due to the immense growth of air travel, aviation has to assume responsibility for contributing to challenges of climate change and deal with scarce crude oil reserves.

Final Call to Durban

At a side event organised in Durban on the occasion of the recent climate negotiations, representatives of civil society, the tourism industry, government and the World Tourism Organization discussed the nexus of tourism and climate justice. Sabine Minninger reports on the discussion which …
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