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Credit: “Instant Vacation: 2018’s best travel photos” on – 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.
Read the full article here.
By Susan Scutti for CNN.

EarthCheck debriefing on global carbon reporting and COP21

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EarthCheck logo -COP21On December 12, 2015, 196 nations represented at the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, gave their support to what is now known as the ‘Paris Agreement’.

The Paris Agreement has 5 key elements which are centred on the monitoring, recording, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.

National Geographic

07 April 2015 – More than a third of all of the food that’s produced on our planet never reaches a table. It’s either spoiled in transit or thrown out by consumers in wealthier countries, who typically buy too much and toss the excess. This works out to roughly 1.3 billion tons of food. Roff Smith. Read more.