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    British consumers expect to cut back on travel

    An ICM poll reported in today’s Guardian  is headlined Nine out of 10 shoppers plan to cut spending in new year. 86% say they plan to make cutbacks and live more cheaply in 2009 ? only 13% expect to spend as much as they did last year. The ICM  poll shows most people in the UK expect to be hit hard by the consequences of recession in 2009. Again, people at the bottom of the economic ladder are more alarmed ? 85% of C2s think they could become unemployed. 45% of respondents said that they expected to spend less on travel. Travel is not going to escape the consequences of…

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    Pushing at the Boundaries – Save Valley Conservancy

    I met Clive Stockil in 1995 when I was in Zimbabwe for the Tourism, Conservation and Sustainable Development research project which I was leading for ODA/DFID. Clive was, and is, the driving force behind the Save Valley Conservancy in the lowveld. A former commercial hunter Clive was the driving force behind the creation of the Save Valley Conservancy  3,200 km2 it is the largest private game conservancy in the world, formed from the merger of 24 former cattle ranches. Clive Stockil has always been a radical thinker about conservation ? see for example his advocacy of Conservation through Commerce  in 1998.   In recent years the conservancy has come under…

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    The priority is to reduce aviation pollution – not to offset

    We should not expect the developing world to solve our green house gas emissions problem for us. Take a look at Air Traffic Worldwide – it is clear where the pollution originates. The priority is to reduce the pollution by flying less and flying more efficiently. The decision to raise Air Passenger Duty will do nothing to encourage the airlines to be more efficient and to be less polluting – the passenger pays the same duty whether they fly more efficiently or not. There is no linkage between pollution and duty and therefore no incentive to reduce pollution. The priority is to reduce aviation pollution – not to offset. It…

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    No progress on Air Passenger Duty

    In the Pre-Budget Announcement this week there was a depressing announcement about Air Passenger Duty. The rates have been increased but it remains a per passenger duty payable by the airline; but passed on to the passenger. There is no duty on empty seats, freight or private jet users. APD is a tax on consumers who can do nothing to increase the efficiency of the planes or the way they are operated. Airlines and airports can do that ´┐Ż but APD creates no incentive for more carbon efficient flying. APD raises revenue and increases the cost of flying – but it does not encourage the airlines to reduce their pollution…

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