Environment and Climate

Sonnenaufgang in  Taasilac, Grönland
© Laura Jäger

In many places of the world tourism actively contributes the protection of the environment: national parks in many places are financed by the income of tourists and biodiversity becomes an attractive selling point for destinations. Nevertheless: on a global scale, tourism consumes huge amounts of scarce natural resources - like water or energy - and produces mountains of rubbish from plastic bottles and food waste. One long-haul return flight from Frankfurt to New York City alone exhausts more carbon than an average Indian citizen per year. Flying becomes an issue of global justice, since especially the poorest of the poor suffer from the climate crisis, while at the same time cannot afford the luxury of flying. We therefore support a kind of tourism that saves resources-and causes as little climate change as possible.

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 …

The Failure of Jatropha

The aviation sector has been experimenting with jatropha as one of the agrofuel solutions of the future and still goes on to promote it. Experiences in India, however, have shown that jatropha has had serious side effects and has not fulfilled expectations. To find out what went wrong, we …

Large Carbon Footprint and Various Side Effects

The climate mitigation targets for the aviation sector defined by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are: CO2-neutral growth of aviation by 2020 and a 50 percent reduction of net CO2 emissions by 2050 (as compared to …

Biofuels for the Aviation Sector

Carbon dioxide emissions of aviation are increasing at two to three percent per year, contrasting international sustainability goals to reduce global emissions by 80 percent during the 21st century. The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) proposes "climate neutral growth" through energy …

Tourism Industry Responsible for Water Crisis in Bali

As tourism in Bali enjoys a robust period, the island is struggling to cope with diminishing water resources that have been overexploited to meet the increasing demand for clean water for tourist-related facilities, while the industry has done little to solve the problem, a study concluded …

International Aviation

Facts 36 - International Aviation
© Brot für die Welt

The year 2013 will be the most crucial for emissions caused by aviation. For years it was impossible to find global binding regulations for the fastest growing source of green house emissions as the developing countries fear to take the same burden as rich countries. Equity in aviation may be respected by a scheme which generates climate finance for developing countries. But more important is that the current negotiations in the ICAO should consider a global solution which ensures a significant mitigation of aviation emissions within the sector and avoid false solutions.

Sustainable Energy for All

More than 1.5 billion people worldwide don't have access to modern forms of energy supply. Since energy is of crucial importance for economic and social development, including tourism, the United Nations declared 2012 the "International Year of Sustainable Energy for All". On this year's …

The Green Economy – No Limits to Growth?

It is being opposed to "business as usual", at least rhetorically: the "green economy" – one of the subjects on top of the agenda of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012. The concept, however, fails to question the prevailing growth paradigm and seriously …

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