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Lake District and New Forest National Parks named top 100 sustainable destinations

UK national parks Lake District and New Forest are amongst tourism spots that have been named in the Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100. Despite scoring well across a range of categories, the findings suggest both destinations should work on a green tourism policy. The top 100 list was launched...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 3 December 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. Sustainable fuel could cut aviation emissions by 24% by 2050 E.ON to focus on renewables and spin off fossil fuels Government unveils...


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Sustainable fuel could cut aviation emissions by 24% by 2050

Using sustainable aviation fuels could cut the industry’s emissions by almost a quarter in the UK by 2050, whilst also generating economic value and creating jobs, according to a new report. The road-map, published by Sustainable Aviation, a coalition of the UK’s airlines, airports, manufacturers and air navigation service...


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Government unveils £15bn road building plans

The government announced Britain’s “biggest and boldest” road building programme in a generation on Monday, unveiling plans to spend £15 billion over the next five years. The plans have been met with some criticism due to their lack of focus on sustainable transport. More than 80 new road schemes...


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World Responsible Tourism Awards highlight best in industry

The best players in the responsible tourism industry have been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony that aims to encourage and inspire the tourism industry to consider its impact. The World Responsible Tourism Awards were announced earlier this month to mark world responsible tourism day. The awards were presented...


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UN ethical tourism efforts praised

During a meeting in Rome, Italy, last week the World Committee on Tourism Ethics praised UN efforts to promote ethical behaviour in the travel industry, including initiatives on accessible tourism, trafficking and illegal trading. Minister for Culture and Tourism of Italy, Dario Franceschini commented, “In these difficult times, characterised...


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HS3 northern rail link given green light

The UK government has given the nod to a HS3 rail link, which would connect cities in the north of England, despite the controversy that has surrounded its predecessor HS2. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. In a new report the chair...


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Sports Direct set to face investor’s questions on zero hour contracts

At its annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, retailer Sports Direct will face questions over the use of zero hour contracts for part time staff. Such contracts have faced criticism over the last year because of the lack of security they offer workers. Zero hour contracts have been described...


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Tourists urged to stop littering on Mount Everest

It may be one of the most remote, inhospitable tourist destinations on Earth, but not even Mount Everest is safe from litter. Earlier this week, Nepalese authorities urged mountaineers to recycling their waste, and stop leaving in on the mountain’s pristine peak. The world’s highest mountain stands at 29,029 feet...


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Blue & Green holiday cottages: Dragonfly Cottage, Somerset

Hidden deep in the Somerset countryside this cottage offers beautiful views and is available to book now through cottages4you. Despite its location, Dragonfly Cottage is only a short drive from sandy beaches. These two smart and well-appointed, semi-detached holiday cottages are set around the owners’ 12-acre lake. There is plenty...


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‘Unethical’ dolphin tours removed from TBEX tourism conference following boycott

The organisers of a tourism bloggers conference have yielded to campaigner pressure to ditch controversial captive dolphin experiences from their programme. Campaigners had urged tourists to boycott the TBEX 2014 conference in Cancun because it offered attendees the tours at the Delphinus Dolphinarium. Critics say such exhibits are immoral...


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Crowdfund us to broadcast Sustainable September around the world

On Monday, we launched our £10,000 crowdfunder for Sustainable September. We need your support to broadcast our month-long celebration of sustainability live around the world, and reach out to as many people as possible. Sustainable September will feature four Oxford-style evening debates and one TED-style all-day conference, hosted across London. The...


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Sustainable September: 20 questions with… Mark Watson

Mark Watson answers 20 questions on life, sustainability and everything. Mark Watson is executive director of Tourism Concern, a charity that fights exploitation in the global tourism industry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Manager with an MSc in sustainability and a first degree...


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Crowdfunding a global broadcast of Sustainable September

Today we launched our £10,000 crowd funder for Sustainable September. Why? We’ve only got a limited number of tickets and can only get so many people together in the various venues. So we want to broadcast the event live, cut it to DVD and reach out to as many...


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World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 longlist announced

The official longlist for the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 has been released, recognising inspiring organisations that work to ensure tourism preserves and benefits destinations and local people. The longlist names over 200 tourism organisations, initiatives, businesses and projects across 11 categories. These categories include animal welfare, conservation, poverty...



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