Air travel generates a lot of carbon pollution, contributing to a climate crisis whose worsening weather also makes air travel more turbulent and unpleasant. As those conditions intensify in the years ahead, research suggests high-speed trains — which don’t exist in the U.S. — would be a resilient alternative.
So far this year, there have been over 1 million flight arrival delays, accounting for about 23% of all flights, the highest rate in a decade, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Scientific consensus suggests a contributor to the spike in disruptions is ever-worsening weather associated with the climate crisis.
According to Federal Aviation Administration data, about 75% of U.S. flight delays are due to weather, and was an especially big headache this summer amid intense thunderstorms and heat, Zhenhua Chen, a professor of urban planning at the Ohio State University, told Forbes. He’s done extensive research on weather’s effects on planes and trains and finds that places with bullet trains connecting major cities — like China, Europe and Japan — ensure travelers have options to complete short and medium-distance trips when bad weather halts flights. He believes the lack of that alternative in the U.S. has economic implications.
“There’s an opportunity cost for the U.S. of not building a high-speed rail system,” said Chen, who’s extensively researched ways in which bad weather affects plane and rail travel, particularly in China. “There’s also productivity loss for businesses. This is the most important thing a lot of policymakers have ignored.”
Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist at Britain’s University of Redding, studies shifts in the jet stream that are increasing air turbulence. Research published in June 2023 that he co-authored found that surges in “clear-air turbulence” were particularly noticeable over the U.S. and North Atlantic, busy flight regions. That report also found that such incidents jumped 55% between 1979 and 2020.
Even some airline officials acknowledge the impact climate change is having on the business.
"I think irregular operations events are going to be more likely to occur as the climate warms," United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said at a Politico event in July. "More heat in the atmosphere, thermodynamics 101 — we're going to have more thunderstorms."
Six decades after Japan debuted its shinkansen system, high-speed trains with speeds of 300 kilometers per hour (186 mph) or more crisscross Europe, South Korea, Taiwan and especially China, with its sprawling 26,000-mile network. And soon Morocco will join Saudi Arabia and Indonesia’s Java island in debuting its own system. Noticeably absent: the U.S., which has no true high-speed trains at all. That
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting all to experience one of Thailand’s oldest and most colourful festivals while gaining insights into the charming traditions of Chiang Mai, Roi Et, Samut Songkhram, Sukhothai, and Tak at the Loi Krathong Festival 2023 at Bangkok’s Phadung Krung Kasem Canal.
The acquisition operation has benefited from the expert guidance of the consulting firm Bluebull, an investment banking firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions for technology companies, and the specialized law firm Cuatrecasas.
New Hotels in the Cayman Islands for 2024 Scheduled to open in Q2 2024 is Hotel Indigo Grand Cayman. The 282-room 10-storey beachfront property will provide an upper midscale experience featuring multiple restaurants, a 6,700 square foot ballroom, a pool deck and a rooftop bar. Indigo’s restaurants and bars around the world are known as a favourite destination for visitors and locals alike. With sustainability in mind, the hotel is being built to LEED standards, which ensures high-performance buildings that have less of an impact on the environment. Hotel Indigo will use a geothermal/ice storage combination and will feature insulated glazing throughout to reduce energy consumption. The latest in Cayman real estate developer, Dart’s, hospitality portfolio, Hotel Indigo is expected to generate several hundred jobs when it opens. In 2022, Dart launched its Hospitality Training Programme, which provides Caymanians with the opportunity to obtain first-hand industry experience via a three-month work experience within the Dart hospitality portfolio.
Ever since I was a little girl I’d dreamed of going to Darjeeling. My imagination was captivated by this town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in the Indian state of West Bengal. Surrounded by lush, terraced tea gardens that extend across rolling hills, with the majestic snow-capped mountains behind them, Darjeeling is one of India’s most stunning hill stations, known as the Queen of the Mountains.
Only 8% of U.S. tourism boards strongly prioritize addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero. In contrast, 62% of European tourism boards and 29% of Canadian tourism boards have made it a top priority. That’s according to Sojern’s “State of Destination Marketing 2024.”
Revisiting Panem, the dystopian country in which The Hunger Games novels and movies are set, in prequel film The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes offered director Francis Lawrence an opportunity to present the world through a new lens. Set 64 years before those earlier works, the new film (based on a 2020 novel of the same name) showcases the familiar country just 10 years post-war—the thriving political Capitol, 12 outlying districts. As part of reconstruction, the Capitol has introduced the series' titular competition.
With the majestic domes of the Royal Pavilion as its backdrop – lit in magical neon colours if you go after dark – this real ice rink is a popular highlight of Brighton’s yuletide offering, and the only one in the UK powered by renewable energy. Families are warmly welcomed, with penguin skate aids available for £5 and a beginners’ rink where young skaters can safely build confidence on the ice. Rinkside, a covered bar and café and outdoor terraced areas offer mulled wine, mince pies, cakes, snacks and a decent children’s menu – and a great place to sit and watch if you don’t want to risk the ice yourself.Adults and children aged 12 and over £18, concessions £15, 12 and under £14, royalpavilionicerink.co.uk; family room, B&B, from £179, queenshotelbrighton.com
One British childhood winter experience remains the same, despite all the changes of the past century. It’s the one where you gaze out of the window, mesmerised by the falling snow, and start fantasising about building an igloo or a snow cave, then sleeping in it overnight. A few fortunate kids get to follow that up, but for most the fantasy is quickly quashed. The blizzard stops, the snow melts, you lob some slush at your mates then go inside to watch Ski Sunday.
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