Articles tagged “pollution”

Hybrid Solutions for Cruise Ships Are Gaining Steam

Hybrid Solutions for Cruise Ships Are Gaining Steam

Áine Quinn, Bloomberg

It's good news in the fight against climate disruption. Cruise ships, which devour fossil fuels, may someday shift some of their power needs to rechargeable battery power, trimming carbon emissions along the way.

5 months ago

Air Pollution Could Be Keeping Visitors Away From Some U.S. National Parks

Air Pollution Could Be Keeping Visitors Away From Some U.S. National Parks

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

U.S. national parks are supposed to showcase America's natural wonders, so it's no surprise that visitors would stay away on days when the air might be full of pollution. Given the current administration's eagerness to roll back environmental regulations, we don't see this problem being fixed anytime soon.

6 months ago

China Pushes Drivers Toward Electric Vehicles out of Necessity

China Pushes Drivers Toward Electric Vehicles out of Necessity

Bloomberg

Consumer behavior is slow to evolve with pricey goods, but China is successfully forcing some change. Over time, with enough familiarity and charging stations, many may love their electric vehicles and start taking them on longer leisure trips.

8 months ago

Rising Air Pollution Threatens Thailand’s Soaring Visitation

Rising Air Pollution Threatens Thailand’s Soaring Visitation

Supunnabul Suwannakij and Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

Some tourists these days may care less about the health risk posed by intense air pollution than a trip's Instagram photo worthiness that might get ruined by smog.

11 months ago

United Airlines Suspends Flights to New Delhi Because of Toxic Smog

United Airlines Suspends Flights to New Delhi Because of Toxic Smog

Divya Patil, Bloomberg

The air quality in New Delhi isn't acceptable for United employees, passengers or Indians. United doesn't want any part of this and smartly suspended its flights until the smog lifts.

1 year ago

Paris Intends to Ban Gas-Powered Cars by 2030

Paris Intends to Ban Gas-Powered Cars by 2030

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press

Perhaps by 2030, a ban of gas-powered cars wouldn't be as controversial an issue as it appears today. After all, by then, all vehicles will be battery-powered and driverless, right?

1 year ago

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Although new measures and a 2022 date with the Winter Olympics may help clear the air, for now, Beijing’s hospitality industry has little choice but to address the situation – and hope guests order room service.

2 years ago

Carnival’s Princess Cruises Will Pay a Record $40 Million for Pollution and Cover-Up

Carnival’s Princess Cruises Will Pay a Record $40 Million for Pollution and Cover-Up

Susan Heavey, Reuters

Cruise lines talk a lot these days about their efforts to be more friendly to the environment. This criminal case involving Princess Cruises shows that lip service is meaningless without action.

2 years ago

The Travel Industry Would Rather Not Talk About Sustainability

The Travel Industry Would Rather Not Talk About Sustainability

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It's a shame that the travel industry hasn't taken a leadership role in limiting global pollution. The least companies can do is accurately report their pollution, and barely any even do that.

3 years ago

Travel Companies Are Reducing Carbon Output, But More Work Is Needed

Travel Companies Are Reducing Carbon Output, But More Work Is Needed

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Reduced pollution from travel companies is a good thing. But one has to to wonder about all the companies that are not self-reporting progress on carbon mitigation.

3 years ago

Caribbean Islands at Risk of Losing One of Their Most Popular Attractions

Caribbean Islands at Risk of Losing One of Their Most Popular Attractions

Reuters

It will take investment to save the coral reef, but one that islands should undertake for the long-term sustainability of their tourism economy.

5 years ago

China Smog Insurance is Ctrip’s Latest Travel Product

China Smog Insurance is Ctrip’s Latest Travel Product

Will Coldwell, Guardian

Intense smog in China at tourist attractions such as the Forbidden City has reduced visitor numbers so Ctrip has wisely created a smog insurance product to dampen travelers' concerns. It's geared toward the domestic market for now, but perhaps it will be expanded.

5 years ago