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Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference: day two

Leading figures from the travel and tourism industry gathered in Manchester on Friday for the eighth international Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference. Here’s what was said on day two. See here for a review of the morning and afternoon sessions on day one. After a thought-provoking first day...


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Film review: Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2009)

Blue Gold: World Water Wars examines the problems created by the privatisation and commercialisation of the world’s water supplies and asks what this means as the resource dwindles and demand grows. The film is based on the book titled Blue Gold: The Right to Stop the Corporate Theft of...


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Book review: Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles – Harriet Lamb (2009)

Harriet Lamb, director of the Fairtrade Foundation, looks at the fairtrade revolution, explains why it is important and what impact it can have around the world in Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles. From its small beginnings, the fairtrade market has gradually grown to encompass a wide...


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Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference: day one – afternoon

Leading figures from the travel and tourism industry gathered in Manchester on Thursday for the eighth international Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference. Here’s what was said in the afternoon session on day one. For a review of the morning session on day one, see here.  After a packed...


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Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference: day one – morning

Leading figures from the travel and tourism industry gathered in Manchester on Thursday for the eighth international Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference. Here’s what was said in the morning session on day one.  For a review of the afternoon session on day one, see here.  Few events in...


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20 questions with… Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins answers 20 questions on life, sustainability and everything. He is the man behind the Transition Towns movement, which was launched in Totnes, Devon, in 2005, in response to environmental and economic pressures. Offshoot initiatives initially spread elsewhere in the UK. Now, there are Transition Towns in communities...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 4 April headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Digital energy: how can web technology be used for energy behaviour change? Unprecedented pollution, fines and wind farms Wales proposes e-cigarette ban...


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Blue & Green holiday cottages: The Coach House, York

The Coach House offers an excellent and peaceful place from which to explore the numerous local attractions of York and is available to book now through cottages4you. Set in the grounds of the Old Vicarage in the heart of the picturesque conservation village of Askam Bryan with duck pond,...


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Unprecedented pollution, fines and wind farms

Just as the UK is hit by unprecedented smog and a £300m fine for not meeting air pollution targets, it is leaked that the Conservatives are thinking about weakening their commitment to onshore wind farms. This is a prime example of shortsightedness. For all the arguments about manmade climate change, the fundamental...


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Digital energy: how can web technology be used for energy behaviour change?

Sonny Masero, managing director of GALOS.co, explains how ‘cleanweb’ can be utilised to change our energy behaviour. I was recently asked by Forum for the Future to speak at an event called ‘Digital energy: how can web technology be used for energy behaviour change?’ to a mixed audience of investors,...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday April 3 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. 21st century leadership: from business as usual to business as a force for good International Tourism Partnership: the hotels that are shaping...


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Ethical retailer of the week: Believer Jewellery

Believer is a jewels company, committed to improving working conditions of people and respecting the environment, both in the UK and in developing nations. Founder of Believer Katie Walker got into the ethical jewellery sector after she realised she wanted to do something to improve the situation of women...


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What is causing the high levels of air pollution in the UK?

A combination of strong winds and high levels of dust has forced the government and the Met Office to look at the increasingly poor air quality in the UK. Vulnerable citizens across England and Wales have been told to stay indoors, in order to avoid being exposed to the...


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B&GT’s top 10 most popular articles in 2014 so far

Thank you for continuing to read the news, features and reports we write. We continue to grow rapidly and wouldn’t be doing so without our readers. As a celebration of our progress, here’s a rundown of the most-read Blue & Green Tomorrow articles from the first three months of 2014. 1....


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International Tourism Partnership: the hotels that are shaping the future of tourism

There are thousands of them in every corner of the world and they are visited by hundreds of millions of people each year. Alex Blackburne speaks with Stephen Farrant, director of Business in the Community’s International Tourism Partnership, about making hotels agents of sustainable change. After the 1992 United...


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