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Conscious Travel
The factors driving & necessitating the emergence of a new operating model for tourism
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OECD waking up to climate crisis?

OECD waking up to climate crisis? | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it

"Ending our reliance on fossil fuels was never going to be easy. Two thirds of electricity generation relies on fossil fuels. 95% of the energy consumed by the world’s transport systems relies on fossil fuels.

I want to be very clear that I haven’t come here to vilify fossil fuels. Much of what we regard as material and social progress has been built on the back of them. They are incredibly convenient. We’ve physically constructed our world around them, and to wean ourselves away from them will mean swimming against very strong tides".


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 12, 2013 4:32 AM

In a lecture in London on 9 October, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria warned global leaders that the climate crisis needs to be tackled with more radical and urgent policies (including a high price on carbon and abolishing fossil fuel subsidies). Do some of his remarks indicate a new shift in the global leaders' climate agenda?

Michael Stuart's curator insight, October 12, 2013 4:54 PM

The Texas coast needs to get ready, some areas, like Corpus Christi will have little effect, but Galveston's west-end and South Padre's north-end will be under water!

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Governments Spend $1.4 Billion Per Day to Destabilize Climate

Governments Spend $1.4 Billion Per Day to Destabilize Climate | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it

"Worldwide, direct fossil fuel subsidies added up to roughly $500 billion in 2010. Of this, supports on the production side totaled some $100 billion. Supports for consumption exceeded $400 billion, with $193 billion for oil, $91 billion for natural gas, $3 billion for coal, and $122 billion spent subsidizing the use of fossil fuel-generated electricity. All together, governments are shelling out nearly $1.4 billion per day to further destabilize the earth’s climate."

 

Lester Brown's analysis of global fossil fuel subsidies puts governmental efforts to deal with climate change in another light.


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Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies 'could provide half of global carbon target'

Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies 'could provide half of global carbon target' | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it
Such a move could save the equivalent of Germany's annual emissions by 2015, says chief economist at the IEA...

 

Very good article in The Guardian based on interview with Fatih Birol of the IEA.


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