A Grand Tour of global warming in south-east Europe
Drawing inspiration from the long voyages taken by well-off European youths in centuries past, OBC Transeuropa takes us on a tour of global warming hotspots in south-east Europe.
Beach erosion puts European seaside holidays at risk
The data on global warming suggests that many seaside resorts in Atlantic and Mediterranean Europe could lose their beaches due to sand erosion caused by rising sea levels and human activity.
EU air bridge: hundreds of dedicated flights brought European citizens back home
After the outbreak the coronavirus pandemic, the EU has funded the repatriation of tens of thousands of European citizens through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Yet not all EU governments decided to take advantage of this form of support from Brussels.
More and more school trips to the Balkans
Are the histories of the former Yugoslavia and Albania finally entering Europe’s space of memory? A constantly increasing number of Italian school trips to the region gives us reason to hope so.
‘Flight shame’? Europeans have never flown as frequently
Many people claim they are flying less to protect the environment, but figures from 2018 say otherwise. The aviation industry is doing better than ever and its emissions have more than doubled since 1990.
Europe is dangerously hooked on air travel
Europeans may see themselves as climate champions, but they just keep flying more and more. The number of passengers has risen by 20 per cent in the last 5 years, and carbon emissions have exploded. It is not just a matter of offsetting them – they must be cut.
One in ten Europeans lives on tourism
Tourism is growing fast worldwide, and faster Europe. In 2018 the sector expanded by more than 6%, and now accounts for 10% of the EU's total GDP. People in the industry are working to make tourism smarter and to relieve well-known destinations where locals are fed up with visitors. We look at the last four years of tourism in numbers.
Should Europe ban large ships?
Cruise ships, tankers, and giant container ships run on heavy fuel oil. On a global scale, sea transport emits nearly a billion tonnes of CO2 each year: five times more than rail, four and a half times less than cars. How to achieve “zero carbon” in shipping by 2050?
How much travel freedom do EU passports provide?
Henley & Partners’ Passport Index is one of the most widely used measures for evaluating the strength of a nation’s passport and – consequently – of citizens’ freedom of movement. Recent data highlights a fall for the UK after Brexit.