Major Shipping Firms Dedicate $5bn To Clean Fuel Research

Major Shipping Firms Dedicate $5bn To Clean Fuel Research

7 major global shipping firms have between them pledged $5 billion to develop new clean fuel systems to tackle pollution caused by the industry.

The firms’ aim to decarbonise transoceanic shipping has been received positively by the wider industry and environmental campaigners alike. Shipping accounts for 3% of global emissions and for 90% of how goods are transported around the globe.

Currently viable options include biofuels, green hydrogen, ammonia, renewable electricity and fuel-cells.

The ship owners also are also welcoming a fuel levy to help support research and development in the future. The shipping industry is known for being heavily subsidised, with legislation protecting them from taxes in most parts of the world, however these calls signify a change in attitudes and an acknowledgement that pollution will not tackle itself.

This move also comes following an International Maritime Organisation regulation which has seen fuel suppliers innovating for the January 2020 date which it is set to come into effect, for heavy fuel oil suppliers cut the amount of sulfur used in ship fuels. The sulfur-containing fuel, when heated before combustion, creates harmful sulfur dioxide as a by-product which is released into the atmosphere. It is thought that the reduction of sulfur in the fuel will dramatically improve public health, particularly in the world’s busiest major port areas such as Shanghai, Singapore, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and Valencia.

The international shipping community is clearly demonstrating wider awareness and an eagerness to follow many of the world’s heavy industry communities in their commitment to tackle climate change.

More information:

Read: Chinese Firm to Manufacture 200,000 ‘New Energy’ Vehicles by 2025

Read: All-Female Sailing Team ‘eXXpedeition’ on a Mission to Clean Up Our Oceans

Read: IMO 2020 – cleaner shipping for cleaner air

By Sofi Summers

Main Image: Emma Maersk, Roy, Flickr Creative Commons

All-Female Sailing Team ‘eXXpedeition’ on a Mission to Clean Up Our Oceans

All-Female Sailing Team 'eXXpedeition' on a Mission to Clean Up Our Oceans

10 eager members of the public have set off on the first leg of an around the world journey to research and assess the extent of the plastic pollution in our oceans, and to explore creative solutions to clean it up. The team hope to build knowledge to inform scientists, legislators and the public alike on how the problem can be tackled for generations to come.

The all-female and multidisciplinary crew departed from Plymouth, UK – the same port that 18th century explorer Captain Cook set sail from on his round the world journey – and will sail for a planned 11 days to the Azores before their first stop. The Azores are a group of 9 islands, which are volcanic in origin and a famed north-east Atlantic deep-sea coral hotspot.

eXXpedition ©

eXXpedition ©

Each of the 13 legs around the world will see a new set of women set sail for the cause, and in total over 300 women will participate in the project which is expected to take 2 years to complete.

Mission Director Emily Penn’s motivations don’t stop there – eXXpedition also hopes to raise awareness of a lack of female participation in STEM professions, to research female-specific diseases caused by plastic and chemical pollution in greater depth, and to encourage female participation and positive coverage in all-female sailing and the wider sporting community.

The UK registered Community Interest Company have been sailing for these causes since 2014, though this is their first journey of such scale. The team are supported by multiple sponsors from environment companies to firms in the technology and legal sector. Many of the ladies on board are also sponsored personally by smaller community groups and businesses local to their homes.

eXXpedition ©

eXXpedition ©

Each stop along the voyage will not only involve research, but also talks, panel discussions, community clean-ups and send-off parties in hope of bringing together passionate individuals who are all working towards solving the plastic pollution crisis.

You can follow the progress of the boat, S.V. TravelEdge, and all of the fantastic ladies on their regular blog which they are completing at sea, no matter how perilous the conditions!

All images courtesy of eXXpedition 

By Sofi Pickering

 

 

 

World Cities Day: The top cities for millennials to live, work & travel

World Cities Day: The top cities for millennials to live, work & travel

On the occasion of today’s World Cities Day, search engine Nestpick has released a study revealing the top 110 cities for millennials, based on factors such as startup ecosystem, housing affordability, immigration tolerance and quality of nightlife. Nestpick conducted this study, for the second year in a row, in order to pinpoint which cities are successfully attracting this generation, and therefore a core future workforce.

Building on last year’s study, the research encapsulated a wider scope of criteria and sources for the 2018 ranking, including an analysis of top universities and personal freedoms. In addition, the main categories were weighted to reflect the concerns and mindsets of the generation. For example, while housing affordability is a major concern for most, it is even more so for young professionals at the start of their careers. With these interests in mind, 110 cities were analysed taking into consideration four main areas of concern; the business ecosystem, the essentials (housing, food etc.), openness, and recreation.

The top 20 best millennial cities are revealed below. Scores are from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating the highest possible score. The results for each 17 criteria have been combined into four main categories for clarity, but the full results can be seen here.

Results: The Top 20 Cities for Millennials

#

City

Country

Business Ecosystem

The Essentials

Openness

Recreation

Total Score

1

Berlin

Germany

6.1

5.9

8.3

8.8

7.14

2

Montréal

Canada

6.4

5.8

8.6

7.9

7.10

3

London

United Kingdom

8.1

3.5

8.7

7.2

6.71

4

Amsterdam

Netherlands

8.0

3.0

8.5

7.9

6.63

5

Toronto

Canada

6.6

5.3

9.0

5.5

6.60

6

Vancouver

Canada

7.1

4.4

9.0

4.9

6.34

7

Barcelona

Spain

5.5

5.2

6.8

8.5

6.31

8

New York City

USA

8.8

2.9

6.7

7.5

6.25

9

Cologne

Germany

3.2

6.0

7.8

8.0

6.17

10

Manchester

United Kingdom

5.0

5.1

8.5

6.1

6.12

11

Hamburg

Germany

5.9

4.2

7.1

7.9

6.10

12

Bristol

United Kingdom

5.7

4.9

8.1

5.7

6.06

13

San Francisco

USA

8.9

2.8

7.0

6.2

6.04

14

Austin

USA

8.1

4.0

6.4

6.0

6.03

15

Paris

France

6.9

3.3

7.0

7.6

5.98

16

Miami

USA

8.4

2.5

6.2

7.6

5.90

17

Munich

Germany

4.7

4.5

7.8

7.0

5.87

18

Lisbon

Portugal

4.5

6.0

5.9

7.3

5.84

19

Glasgow

United Kingdom

5.0

6.3

7.7

3.8

5.82

20

Madrid

Spain

3.2

6.1

6.7

7.6

5.82

These final results reveal the best overall cities for millennials, based on all four factors, but by looking at the top 10 cities for each individual category, the results indicate which location would be best for a young person based on their strongest concerns.

For example, those millennials looking for an adventure or experience abroad should focus on the Essentials Top 10, which looks at factors such as housing, food, internet, and transport, which are all important for short-term movers, while employment or openness might not be such a primary concern. Likewise, young professionals looking for work opportunities should focus instead on the Business Ecosystem Top 10.

The tables below reveal the top 10 cities for millennials based on each larger category:

Top 10 Cities for Business Ecosystem

Top 10 Cities for The Essentials

#

City

Country

#

City

Country

1

San Francisco

USA

1

Seoul

South Korea

2

New York City

USA

2

Taipei

Taiwan

3

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

3

Bangkok

Thailand

4

Miami

USA

4

Brno

Czech Republic

5

Los Angeles

USA

5

Bucharest

Romania

6

Seattle

USA

6

Prague

Czech Republic

7

Beijing

China

7

Porto

Portugal

8

London

United Kingdom

8

Mexico City

Mexico

9

Portland

USA

9

Budapest

Hungary

10

Austin

USA

10

Guadalajara

Mexico

Top 10 Cities for Openness

Top 10 Cities for Recreation

#

City

Country

#

City

Country

1

Helsinki

Finland

1

Buenos Aires

Argentina

2

Toronto

Canada

2

Berlin

Germany

3

Vancouver

Canada

3

Barcelona

Spain

4

London

United Kingdom

4

Cologne

Germany

5

Oslo

Norway

5

Amsterdam

Netherlands

6

Copenhagen

Denmark

6

Montréal

Canada

7

Montréal

Canada

7

Hamburg

Germany

8

Amsterdam

Netherlands

8

Bogotá

Colombia

9

Manchester

United Kingdom

9

Bangkok

Thailand

10

Stockholm

Sweden

10

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

Further findings:

  • Beijing, China ranks highest for Employment, followed by American cities San Francisco and Austin.

  • New York City, USA has the highest score for their Startup ecosystem, followed by San Francisco, USA and London, UK.

  • Hong Kong, China ranks highest for Tourism, followed by Bangkok, Thailand and London, UK.

  • Guadalajara, Mexico has the highest score for Housing, followed by fellow Mexican city Monterrey and Medellín, Colombia.

  • Bangkok, Thailand ranks highest for Food, followed by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Lima, Peru.

  • Oslo, Norway has the highest score for Transport, followed by Washington D.C., USA and Paris, France.

  • Japanese cities Tokyo and Osaka rank joint highest for Health, followed by Singapore, Singapore.

  • Seoul, South Korea has the highest score for Internet Speed, followed by Bergen, Norway and Denver, USA.

  • London, UK ranks highest for Universities, followed by Paris, France and Seoul, South Korea.

  • China and Hong Kong rank highest for Access to Contraception, followed by the UK.

  • Norway ranks highest for Gender Equality, followed by Finland and Sweden.

  • New Zealand ranks highest for Immigration Tolerance, followed by Canada and Norway.

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands has the highest score for Personal Freedom and Choice, followed by Oslo, Norway and Helsinki, Finland.

  • Madrid, Spain ranks highest for LGBT Friendliness, followed by Amsterdam, Netherlands and Toronto, Canada.

  • Berlin, Germany has the highest score for Nightlife, followed by Paris, France and Melbourne, Australia.

  • Beijing, China ranks highest for Beer prices, followed by Colombian cities Medellín and Bogotá.

  • Miami, USA has the highest score for Festivals, followed by fellow American city Washington D.C. and Paris, France.

Want to learn more about your favourite world cities? Watch how other people live as our travellers guide you through the cultural and aesthetic delights of some the world’s most renowned cities in our series Bazaar.

 

Carnival Season Around the World

Carnival season 2013 is upon us and whether you are in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, or South America, there is no shortage of celebrations happening all around the world. The most well known festivals are celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Sydney, Australia, Venice, Italy and Trinidad and Tobago.

Mardi Gras is centered mainly around the French Quarter of New Orleans for approximately two weeks and commences on Fat Tuesday, which falls on February 12th this year. However, the multiple parades take place Uptown and in mid-city, due to the narrow streets in the French Quarter. From the elaborately decorated floats, wild costumes, lively music, famous King Cakes, to the lengths people will go to in order to obtain a plethora of colorful, signatory beads, there is never a dull moment or a shortage of purple, green and gold.

Globe Trekker host, Justine Shapiro took part in the Mardi Gras festivities when she was invited to join one of the 27 floats of the Krewe of Orpheus. In true Mardi Gras fashion, Justine wore a jester costume and adorned herself with multiple beads.

Globe Trekker New Orleans

Rio De Janeiro, fittingly known as the carnival capital of the world, is no stranger to celebrations. Rio’s Carnival dates coincide with Mardi Gras, beginning on Saturday February 9th and ending on February 12th this year. During Carnival, the various samba schools, each representing their specific neighborhood, are the main draw. Samba dancers often rehearse months before Carnival and are decked out in extravagant handmade costumes with lavish headpieces. Globe Trekker Host, Ian Wright dives head first into samba, learning from the school, Caprichosos de Pilares and ultimately taking part in the parade.

Rio - 3

Rio - 2

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, takes places from February 8th through March 3rd this year and is Sydney, Australia’s biggest event of the year. Justine Shapiro takes viewers on a firsthand experience of this liberating celebration of expression and equal rights. Anything goes in this parade, from the Scantily clad costumes to dancing in the streets, drawing a crowd of over a million people to be free to be themselves. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Sydney Mardi Gras and is themed quite appropriately as, “The Generations of Love.”

Sydney - 10

Sydney - 12

The two most celebrated days of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago fall on February 11th and 12th this year, right before Ash Wednesday and has been called, “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Justine Shapiro lets viewers inside the Caribbean’s biggest carnival as she joins in the celebration.

Music is a highlight for this carnival, with various competitions, including the International Soca Monarch competition and the National Panorama competition that innovatively incorporates the use of steel pans, garbage can lids, pots and pans to create sounds, rhythms and melodies. Bikinis with headpieces adorned in feathers are often seen during Carnival among a multitude of various character costumes, from Minstrels, Jab Jab’s, Midnight Robber’s to Dragons and Bats.

Globe Trekker Eastern Caribbean

Globe Trekker Eastern Caribbean

Justine travels to The Venice Carnival, which takes place in St. Mark’s Square and is centered around various types of eclectic looking masks, allowing people to maintain a bit of anonymity and play a different character. Like the other carnivals, Venice also commences on February 12th this year, marking the start of Lent. The mask contests and the water show on the Venice canals are two highlights of the Carnival and what better excuse to travel to this gorgeous city than to attend one of the biggest celebrations of the year?

Globe Trekker: Great Festivals 3

This is undoubtedly an exhilarating time of year to dress up, celebrate cultural milestones and bask in the traditions that were established decades ago. Carnivals are plentiful around the world and although the five mentioned here are some of the most popular ones, they are definitely not the only ones.

For more information on these Carnivals, you can view them on the DVD links posted below, available at the Pilot Guides Store!