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Arctic Warming Amplifies Extreme Weather Events Globally: Wildfires, Flooding Likely to Be More Severe

Warming in the Arctic is causing the jet stream, a belt of air held "up" around the Arctic by the temperature difference between the Arctic and warmer climates, to weaken and slow. This is resulting in "stuck" weather patterns, according to a new review paper published in Nature Communications Monday. What would normally be a short-term heat wave, for example, is sticking around for considerably longer, exacerbating extreme weather events that remain in place for longer than normal. While winter weather patterns have been the focus of [...]

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WHERE GLOBAL LEADERS IN TRAVEL, TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MEET THE NEXT GENERATION

COMING TO SWITZERLAND! For the first time in Switzerland, we are searching for the rising stars of Swiss start-ups scene. Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 will take place on 9 November in Lucerne. Start-Ups will have a unique chance to pitch their business and receive valuable advice from coaching experts. All travel-, tourism- and hospitality-related Swiss start-ups can apply until 23 September here. Find media release (DE & FR) here. NEW COLLABORATIONS Our President & CEO Martin Barth visited Greece to work on a new collaboration with [...]

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Heat Wave Update: 29 Dead in South Korea as Southwest Europe Prepares for Record-Breaking Weekend

The record high temperatures scorching the Northern Hemisphere this summer are not relenting as August kicks off. A 15-day stretch of over 35-degree Celsius weather in South Korea has led to the deaths of 29 people from heatstroke, the South Korean Ministry of Health, Welfare and Disease Control said, as CNN reported Friday. And on the other side of the world, temperatures in southwestern Europe are expected to soar this weekend, potentially breaking the continent's record of 48 degrees Celsius, set in [...]

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Study Finds New Reason to Ban Plastic: It Emits Methane in the Sun

The proliferation of plastic pollution has led to concerns over its impact on marine life and human health as the toxins it absorbs and emits move up the food chain. Now, a new study reveals yet another potential plastic hazard: It releases greenhouse gasses. The study, published in PLOS One Wednesday, found that some of the most common plastics in the environment release the greenhouse gasses methane and ethylene when exposed to sunlight. While the amounts released by the plastics are small, researchers are concerned that the scale [...]

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Air Pollution in National Parks as Bad as 20 Largest U.S. Cities

A new study shows the importance of clean air regulations to prevent air pollution from reaching national parks. A study published in Science Advances Wednesday found that, between 1990 and 2014, the ozone concentrations in 33 of the largest and most visited national parks were statistically indistinguishable from the ozone concentrations in the 20 largest U.S. cities. While air quality in urban centers began to improve after the 1990 version of the Clean Air Act, the study found that the parks' air didn't begin to clear [...]

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Premio de periodismo OMT-Chimelong

¡FECHA LÍMITE EXTENDIDA! Los medios de comunicación tienen una función clave en la promoción del turismo sostenible. El Premio de Periodismo OMT-Chimelong es una oportunidad única para compartir tu trabajo y mostrar experiencias y esfuerzos que promueven el turismo sostenible para la conservación de la vida silvestre en el continente africano. La convocatoria de postulaciones al Premio SIGUE ABIERTA: hemos ampliado el plazo hasta el 31 de agosto para garantizar que no pierdas la oportunidad de destacar tu trabajo y crear conciencia sobre este [...]

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Most Popular Energy Source? Everyone Loves Solar

A recent survey shows yet again that solar panels (and wind turbines) have a level of bipartisan popularity that would be the envy of any politician. That means we'll have something safe to talk about at the next barbecue after all. The survey, from the Pew Research Center, had a lot of fascinating findings about the surprisingly high levels of agreement among Americans on a range of environmental issues, with strong majorities saying that the federal government is doing too little on water quality, air quality [...]

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‘Powerful Evidence’ of Global Warming’s Effect on Seasons Found in Troposphere

Scientists studying the troposphere—the lowest level of the atmosphere—have found "powerful evidence" that climate change is altering seasonal temperatures. A study published in Science finds that climate change has caused an increase in the difference between summer and winter temperatures across North America and Eurasia over the past four decades. This could be the result of summer temperatures warming at a faster rate than winter temperatures in these parts of the world, the researchers say. The findings show the "substantial human influence on Earth's climate, affecting [...]

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Cóndores andinos reaparecen en los páramos de Santa Isabel

La curiosidad por conocer la nieve, llevó a Juan Camilo Espinosa Yazo, Jorge Alfredo Ávila Yazo, Anggi Casas y Santiago Casas, a explorar la zona de páramo en Santa Isabel, entre los departamentos de Risaralda, Caldas y Tolima. Lo que nunca imaginaron los menores es que esta iba a ser una aventura “inolvidable”, que los convirtió en protagonistas de una historia ambiental. Johana Cristina Ovalle Ávila, directora de la Fundación Voces de Equidad, narró que la semana anterior los cuatro [...]

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El pueblo más pequeño de Suiza se reinventa como hotel difuso

La idea surgió de la fundación que vela por el patrimonio cultural y paisajístico de la localidad, que solo tiene 12 habitantes Con un coste total de 5,4 M €, el proyecto cuenta con financiación pública y también busca atraer capital privado Sigue el ejemplo de los núcleos históricos italianos que se han decantado por el modelo del 'albergo diffuso' La recepción y el restaurante del hotel estarán en la antigua hostería del pueblo, la plaza servirá como sala de reuniones [...]

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