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Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

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The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet. David Attenborough travels to Trinidad to meet a community trying to save these giants. Photograph: Gavin Thurston

Blue Planet 2 producers say final episode lays bare shocking damage humanity is wreaking in the seas, from climate change to plastic pollution to noise

The world’s oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough. The seas are a vital part of the global ecosystem, leaving the future of all life on Earth dependent on humanity’s actions, he says.

Attenborough will issue the warning in the final episode of the Blue Planet 2 series, which details the damage being wreaked in seas around the globe by climate change, plastic pollution, overfishing and even noise.

Previous BBC nature series presented by Attenborough have sometimes been criticised for treading too lightly around humanity’s damage to the planet. But the final episode of the latest series is entirely dedicated to the issue.

“For years we thought the oceans were so vast and the inhabitants so infinitely numerous that nothing we could do could have an effect upon them. But now we know that was wrong,” says Attenborough. “It is now clear our actions are having a significant impact on the world’s oceans. [They] are under threat now as never before in human history. Many people believe the oceans have reached a crisis point.”

Read the full article here.

By  for The Guardian.

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TUI seeks to reduce emissions by further 10% and provide 10 million greener holidays

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TUI Group has just published its Sustainability Report for the completed financial year. The report offers an overview of the activities and progress delivered in the first year of the Group-wide “Better Holidays, Better World 2015-2020” strategy.

In the framework of its sustainability strategy, TUI does not just assess the economic, social and ecological impact of its own business operations, the Group is also committed to pioneering more sustainable tourism. By Travindy. Read more.

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Tourism and Water Use – Time for Some Fresh Thinking

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24 March 2015 – I’ve been looking into hotel water sustainability innovations over the last few days, trying to find some stories for a blog to mark World Water Day, which happened last Sunday. Jeremy Smith. Read more.

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Host Community Perceptions of the Impact of Events: A Comparison of Different Event Themes in Urban and Regional Communities

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This report provides the findings from a comparative study of the social impacts of three events located in different regions and differentiated by theme. The three events were the Australian Grand Prix, the Moomba Festival, and the Horsham Art Is… Festival. The key objective of this report was to examine host community perceptions of event impacts across a range of events and host communities, specifically a comparison of different themed events in the same community, and a comparison of similar themed events in different sized communities.

by Liz Fredline, Marg Deery and Leo Jago

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Host Community Perceptions of the Impact of Events: A Comparison of Different Event Themes in Urban and Regional Communities

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This report provides estimates of the contribution of tourism to the economy of Queensland. It replaces an earlier report released in March 2007. The estimates from the earlier report have been revised to reflect revisions to benchmark national data, which were incorporated in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) released on 11 May 2007.

by Ray Spurr, Thiep Van Ho, Peter Forsyth, Larry Dwyer, Daniel Pambudi, and Serajul Hoque
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This report provides Summary spreadsheet estimates of the contribution of tourism to the economies of each of the Australian states and territories. It should be read in conjunction with individual Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) reports for each of the state and territories, which were prepared by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) in March 2007 and released in revised and updated form in November 2007. The information in these reports has been reconciled against the most recent national TSA results, which were published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on 11 May 2007.

by Theip van Ho, Ray Spurr, Daniel Pumbudi, Peter Forsyth, Larry Dwyer, and Serajul Hoque
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