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    Everest congested and polluted by tourism

    Sixty years ago today Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay blazed a trail to the summit of Everest. Many have since followed, over 3,000 have reached the top including a 13 year and an 80 year old. This year more 500 climbers have reached the summit and the Expedition Operators Association in Nepal has proposed installing a ladder on the Hillary Step 12m (40ft) from the summit of the 8,848m (29,028ft) mountain to ease congestion. Climbers leave their rubbish behind on Everest … Mountaineers are tourists too. They meet the definition of staying for more than 24 hours in someone else’s place.  And they create problems in the destination. Getting to Everest…

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    Calasi app helps consumers address aviation emissions

    On WTM Word Responsible Tourism Day last year we debated carbon efficiency and aviation emissions and the question “Is the travel and tourism industry taking responsibility for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions?” If you missed it you can see the debate on video online. We are returning to the issue of the travel and tourism industry’s carbon emissions this year, not least because a decision about the international emission trading scheme should be made by October. If no such scheme emerges then the EU has said that it will unilaterally implement its ETS initiative. The carbon pollution issue has gone out of the headlines, but it has not gone away.…

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