Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Future of Tourism in Barcelona

I was privileged last Thursday to be asked to address the industry in Catalonia about what Responsible Tourism means for Barcelona. Next week in Barcelona we are holding the 7th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations and we shall … Continue reading






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IPCC, Clmate Change Update

There is overwhelming evidence that the average temperature of the earth is rising and we have understood the contribution of greenhouse gases to that process for 150 years. Given the potentially, and increasingly likely, disastrous consequences the precautionary principle requires … Continue reading






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Trust is at the Heart of Responsibility

Consumers expect the goods and services which they purchase, from producers and suppliers, to be fit for purpose, to be safe not to jeopardise their health and to have all the qualities and characteristics that were claimed for it when … Continue reading






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Climate change is causing human conflict already – the problem is now in Syria.

We rarely hear  progressive opinion from the USA. That is not to say that it does not exist there. William R Polk served on the State Department’s Policy Planning staff during the Kennedy years. In a thought provoking piece about … Continue reading






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What was the value of Oscar Wilde?

“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn’t know the market place of … Continue reading






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Emissions Trading isn't working and may be dangerous

While we wait to hear in October whether the EU will be extending emissions trading to international aviation it is worth reflecting that the cost of carbon pollution  is very low. Not much of an incentive. On the carbon offsetting … Continue reading






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Danger: climate change deniers at large in the House of Commons

It is interesting how politicians demand much higher standards of proof when the facts are inconvenient; more than the criminal justice system standard of beyond reasonable doubt.   For the facts on how spurious their case is see George Monbiot’s … Continue reading






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Trip Advisor needs to be taken seriously – by the reviewed and the reviewers

Trip Advisor was launched in 2000, by 2010 it had become the world’s largest travel website with the vast majority the content user generated. In Haworth, Bronte Country, with our Masters students the summer, it seemed that every tourism related … Continue reading






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Clive Stockil

Clive Stockil  has received  a Lifetime Achievement Award in the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards. Within a couple of minutes of meeting Clive on his Save Valley property in 1995 he asked me the challenging question “Why is the cow not … Continue reading






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We need a level playing field on carbon pollution from aviation

TUI Travel PLC has called for an industry standard on reporting fuel and carbon efficiency for UK airlines. They want a set of common metrics to report carbon emissions to ensure greater transparency so that customers can make informed decisions … Continue reading






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Harold Goodwin