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Credit: “Instant Vacation: 2018’s best travel photos” on cnn.com – In this aerial photo taken on April 1, 2018, a group of children join a learning tour to experience tea-picking in Meitan County of Zunyi, southwest China’s Guizhou Province. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin) (lmm)

Some gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in the atmosphere, producing a “greenhouse effect,” and so make the planet warmer. The amount of greenhouse gases released by a particular activity is referred to as its “carbon footprint.”
The increasing carbon footprint of global tourism between 2009 and 2013 represents a 3% annual growth in emissions, according to University of Sydney researchers.
Their paper was published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Overall, the US tops the carbon footprint ranking, followed by China, Germany and India, Malik and her colleagues estimate. Domestic travel, which includes business travel, makes up a majority of the carbon footprints for each of these countries.
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By Susan Scutti for CNN.
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TaxiBot in action at Frankfurt Airport. Driven by electric motors, the tractors are real powerhouses — the narrow-body model has around 500 kilowatts of drive output (approximately 800 hp). Credit: Lufthansa LEOS

 

Until now, airplanes have had to use their own turbines to travel from the gate to the runway. But thanks to drive technology from Siemens, an all-new diesel-electric towing tractor controlled from a plane’s cockpit can now perform this task. Known as TaxiBots, the tractors save fuel, extend maintenance intervals, and cut noise. Already certified for the Airbus 320, TaxiBots will soon be able to safely pull about 70 percent of all the passenger planes worldwide.

Read the full article on this environmentally friendly taxiing solution here.

By Christine Rüth and Sebastian Webel for Siemens’ Pictures of the Future.

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Offset Your Carbon Footprint

Image Source: RESET

Most measures to take, in order to reduce your carbon footprint, are commonly known. You should, for example:

  • Use cleaner transport
  • Implement energy-saving features to your office/home
  • Change your energy & water consumption habits
  • Reduce your food & good footprint

For more details on ways to reduce your ecological footprint visit RESET.

But how can you offset the emissions that you can’t reduce?

Carbon offset projects are certified projects that are proven to reduce emissions in a way that would not have been possible without the project. As an individual or a firm you can donate to and support these projects. Carbon offsets can be, for example, tree planting or investing in renewable energy.

There are various projects offered by different organizations, here are just a few to give you a better idea of what offset projects can look like and how offsetting your emissions works:

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by Jude Kasturi Arachchi, Director, Jetwing Hotels

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Jude Kasturi Arachchi, Director, Jetwing Hotels

Known as Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, the Jetwing story spans over four decades. A family owned company from inception, the brand currently owns and operates 21 properties (hotels and villas) within the country, with plans for five more in the next two to three years. Focusing on creating spaces for guests to live, relax and enjoy the best Sri Lanka has to offer, Jetwing has placed a great deal of prominence on sustainable practice and community development through the Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme (JEEP).

JEEP is a result of genuine caring, and ensuring that tourism existing not in isolation but beneficial to all stakeholders involved – especially communities, and the reduction in usage of natural resources. With the latest in sustainable technology implemented at Jetwing properties, the company seeks to reduce burdens on operating environments, as the island of Sri Lanka is a gift that is meant to be treasured.

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The E.P.A. found that emissions from airplanes endanger human health because of their contribution to global warming. Credit LM Otero/Associated Pres

The E.P.A. found that emissions from airplanes endanger human health because of their contribution to global warming. Credit LM Otero/Associated Press

10 June 2015 – The Obama administration on Wednesday said it would regulate greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes, a move that could significantly strengthen President Obama’s environmental legacy, but also present major new challenges for the airline industry.  Read more.

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This publication reflects the importance attached by the tourism sector to the impacts of climate change and contains valuable scientific and technical information. It also constitutes an important input in the ongoing commitment of the United Nations to respond to the challenge of climate change. The publication contains two distinct parts, “The International Debate,” and the technical report.

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This report presents estimates for the ‘Carbon Footprint’ of the Queensland tourism industry. The measures presented here are comprehensive and incorporate all of the GHG emissions produced by Queensland tourism, both within the state and beyond it as a result of visitation to Queensland.

by Serajul Hoque, Peter Forsyth, Larry Dwyer, Ray Spurr, Thiep Van Ho and Daniel Pambudi

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This Update paper re-examines likely trends in global emissions in the absence of effective mitigation and in the absence of major feedbacks from climate change to economic growth. It analyses changes in the variables affecting emissions growth (namely population, economic output, energy demand, and the economic and technological factors affecting the choice among sources of energy) in major countries and regions. It also explores the implications of the Great Crash of 2008, which lowered the long-term growth trajectory of developed countries, but did not slow the immense growth momentum of the largest developing countries, nor end the higher growth of the early twenty first century in other developing countries.

by Professor Ross Garnaut

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From Davos to Copenhagen and Beyond: Advancing Tourism’s Response to Climate Change is a background paper on the UNWTO Davos Declaration and the actions following.

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Economic Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policies on the Australian Tourism Industry: A Dynamic CGE Analysis

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This report assesses potential economic impacts on the Australian tourism industry of the Australian government imposing a price on carbon emissions through the introduction of measures such as an emissions trading scheme or a tax on carbon.

by Serajul Hoque, Larry Dwyer, Peter Forsyth, Ray Spurr, Thiep Van Ho & Daniel Pambudi

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