John Grant, Sheffield Hallam University and Keith Baker, Glasgow Caledonian UniversityIf the aviation industry was a country, it would rank among the world’s top ten emitters of carbon dioxide (CO₂). Aviation emissions have risen by 70% since 2005 and as demand increases in rich and poorer countries, they’re forecast to increase by between 300% and 700% by 2050. Arresting this incline will be the first step towards a sustainable system of international travel – but how could it be done? A frequent flyer tax would be relatively easy to implement but it could mean the richest can still afford to fly while the poorest are priced out.Most plane passengers are already relatively wealthy. Only 18% of the world’s population have ever flown and in any given year, an elite 3% of the world flies. That’s about 230m people, but flights carried four billion passengers in 2017. So the average flyer takes eight return flights and aeroplanes rack up seven trillion … [Read more...] about How will we travel the world in 2050?
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Newbury, UK (CNN)For the last 38 years, a quintessential pocket of British countryside nestling amongst a sea of rolling green hills 60 miles from London, has been paying homage to Arabian horse racing and culture. Some of the richest people in the world -- including members of the Dubai royal family -- descend on Newbury's racecourse to showcase the best of Middle Eastern culture both to horse racing fans as well as members of the local community. Different from the thoroughbreds that you might usually associate with racing, Arabian horses are generally smaller and are renowned for their stamina. "They are cheeky, that's for sure," leading jockey Bryony Frost, who was riding in the Newbury event for the very first time, told CNN Sport as she reflected on the two breeds' different physical attributes. "They're good fun, they're very sharp, they're very intelligent, They're always going to be two steps ahead of you so you've got to be three steps ahead of them. Read More She … [Read more...] about Arabian racing in the heart of the British countryside
Samuel Stebbins 24/7 Wall Street Published 10:02 AM EDT Jul 8, 2019 The U.S. economy is a $20.5 trillion behemoth – and the nation’s infrastructure is the scaffolding upon which it depends. In many parts of the country, however, years of neglect have left critical transportation infrastructure in a state of serious, often dangerous, disrepair. The effects of deteriorating infrastructure range in severity, from potholes adding unnecessary wear-and-tear to personal vehicles to catastrophic failures, like the I-35 bridge collapse that killed 13 people in Minneapolis in 2007. According to some estimates, delays due to roadway congestion – which are often caused by inadequate infrastructure – take a more than $120 billion toll on the economy every year. Though the U.S. economy has grown at a steady pace over the past century, infrastructure spending has not kept up. Federal, state, and local governments invested the equivalent of 4.2% of GDP in … [Read more...] about United States infrastructure: The best and worst by state
22 May 2019 BrazilBolsonaroIndigenous Peoples Jair Bolsonaro may be in power, but the Sateré indigenous people are not taking his hostility sitting down. Sue Branford reports from the Brazilian Amazon. The young indigenous man, bent double in pain, uttered a deep, heart-wrenching moan. The pain was unbearable. After a while he withdrew from the circle of chanting people and threw himself on the ground, keeping his swollen hands up in the air to avoid painful contact. I knew he was bringing shame on himself by showing so clearly that he was in agony. Along with a dozen others, dressed mainly in Bermuda shorts and t-shirts, he was going through the ritual of the tucandeira. This is a rite of passage by which Sateré-Mawé youths make the transition from childhood to adulthood: enduring bites from scores of tucandeira (Paraponera clavata) – known in English as the bullet ant, because its bite causes pain comparable with that of being shot. The bite goes deep: … [Read more...] about The indigenous resistance against Jair Bolsonaro
Living in poverty is a horror beyond most people's imagination - and even more so when it affects young children. But worrying new statistics have revealed that 23,000 children in Hull - more than a third of all of those in the city - live below the poverty line. More and more children are being forced to live in dire conditions. Teachers across the region have spoken of how their pupils have been left "freezing and starving", with youngsters forced to go hungry and unable to afford new clothes. The situation is only getting worse across Hull and Yorkshire as a whole. Charities have reported seeing the numbers of poverty-stricken families coming through their doors doubling in just 12 months. Urgent calls are now being made to the government to take heed and help those desperately in need with some meaningful action. Here, Hull Live has spoken to Hull West and Hessle MP, Emma Hardy, and Bundles of Joy charity founder, Claire Raper, to understand the situation across the city - and what … [Read more...] about The Hull children living in poverty