Tourism Brings Us Together and Travel Restrictions Keep Us Apart

More importantly, restrictions on travel also prevent tourism from delivering on its potential to build a better future for all. This week the United Nations Secretary-General launched the Policy Brief “COVID-19 and Transforming Tourism”, which UNWTO assumed the lead role in producing. This landmark report makes clear what is at …

International Tourist Numbers Could Fall 60-80% in 2020, UNWTO Reports

International tourism down 22% in Q1 and could decline by 60-80% over the whole year 67 million fewer international tourists up to March translates into US$80 billion in lost exports UNWTO has outlined three possible future scenarios depending on how the crisis unfolds The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22% …

Renewables Account for Almost Three Quarters of New Capacity in 2019

The renewable energy sector added 176 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity globally in 2019, marginally lower than the (revised) 179 GW added in 2018. However, new renewable power accounted for 72 per cent of all power expansion last year, according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency …

Extreme Water Stress Affects a Quarter of the World’s Population, Say Experts

A quarter of the world’s population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources, a new report reveals. Experts at the World Resources Institute (WRI) warned that increasing water stress could lead to more “day zeroes” …

Will Burberry Set a Green Trend with New 2022 Emissions Goal?

Burberry has committed to slash its direct emissions by 95% in the next three years. The luxury fashion brand set the target against a 2016 baseline and has had the ambition independently assessed and approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTI), which confirmed it was in line with limiting the …

Saudi Arabia to Build 2.6GW Solar Plant near Mecca

Saudi Arabia has signed a deal for a 2.6GW solar farm to be built in the Makkah Region. The facility, which will be located near the holy city of Mecca, will supply electricity to Al Faisaliah city and the western parts of the country at times of peak demand, increasing …

Vital Ecosystems in Tidal Flats Lost to Development and Rising Sea Levels

Coastal development and sea level rise are causing the decline of tidal flats along the world’s coastlines, according to research that has mapped the ecosystems for the first time. Scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Queensland used machine-learning to analyse more than 700,000 …