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Why we sould be ashamed when taking a flight

Leere Flugzeugsitze und Notausgang
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Flying is a luxury that only small global elites enjoy. However, it causes tremendous amounts of CO2 and severely damages our climate. It is high time for each one of us to take responsibility for our actions, recons Stefan Gössling.

India Takes Off

Indischer Flughafen
© Andreas Jäger

Air travel has become an integral part of life for the upper class and parts of the growing middle class. India’s Civil Aviation Policy seeks to make flights more accessible and affordable for the less affluent.

Flight Exclusive

asiatischer Zug
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The most popular destinations abroad amongst German travelers are Spain and Italy - spots that are all in medium distance and are accessible without planes. So how can tour operators get their guests to their destination without taking them to the airport first?

Towards Climate Justice in Tourism

The effects of climate change, capacities to adapt and the positive and negative impacts of tourism are not evenly distributed. The prime victims are the poor and marginalised, they pay the price. Therefore, a differentiated approach in both tourism development and climate negotiations is …

Offsetting – "100 % inclusive"

As air travel contributes significantly to climate change, tour operators need to address the challenge of reducing the carbon footprint of their operations. As Petra Thomas reports, Forum anders reisen, a German tour operators' association for sustainable tourism, has been supporting …

Reducing Emissions, Promoting Development

By Christina Kamp When tourists pay to "offset" their emissions from air travel, an equal amount of emissions needs to be reduced elsewhere. These reductions must be real and additional. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) allows countries like Germany to meet part of their reduction …

Why Planting Trees to Offset Emissions Does Not Work

Forest protection is not suitable for market-based CO2 offsetting, says biologist and forest activist Jutta Kill. She explains the dangers forests are facing over time, which may turn them from carbon sinks into sources of carbon emissions. Such dangers include forest fires and natural …

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