Unless we rethink our holiday choices, the damage and destruction to global beauty spots can only grow.
Travel is no longer a luxury good. Airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet have contributed to a form of mass tourism that has made local residents feel like foreigners in cities like Barcelona and Rome. The infrastructure is buckling under the pressure.
More: Newsweek, The Guardian
How to adjust your office chair – Wirecutter
More than 4,500 people have been evacuated due to flooding in British Columbia. Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been called in to help.
It’s a good day to be a bee in the European Union: EU court upholds partial pesticide ban to protect bees – Irish Times
Tourism gets the red light in Amsterdam – New Zealand Herald
Bitcoin estimated to use .5% of the world’s electric energy by end of the year – EurekAlert
GQ’s comedy issue cover, featuring Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman, mocks Vanity Fair’s Photoshop fail – GQ
1785: Saint John, New Brunswick is incorporated, the first in Canada.
1804: The French Senate proclaims Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor.
1980: The Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state erupts.
Tourism’s carbon impact three times larger than estimated – BBC
Mom’s prefer experiences over gifts on Mother’s Day – Globe and Mail
Vanilla ice cream is under threat. A huge spike in pure vanilla extract prices is making some bakeries and ice cream makers think twice about whether to keep making it. We might be stuck with chocolate to help cool down – CBC
South Korea is cracking down on texting while walking with an app that locks devices after detecting users have been walking for more than five steps while using their phones. – Yonhap News Agency
On Wednesday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a thinly veiled rebut to the U.S. President’s backing out of the Iran nuclear weapons deal and stressed Canada remains aligned with most countries in supporting the deal – Globe and Mail This was a rare and complex deal that involved many countries. Not unlike what we are going through with North Korea, the issues on the table are pretty complex. Lets hope the rest of the world can take the lead where the US breaks promises and signed agreements, because the U.S. President is dropping the ball with his America First/America Alone policy and the world is a more dangerous place because of it.
Dr. Dre lost a trademark court battle with a gynecologist. The raper argued that Dr. Drai, the real doctor, would cause confusion among fans. – Chicago Tribune
1994: Nelson Mandela was sworn into office as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. This was a day to celebrate a historic victory over a racist regime. “Let freedom reign,” Mandela said in his inauguration speech.
Marwa Eltagouri, The Independent:
Last summer’s news that a behemoth iceberg detached from one of Antarctica’s largest floating ice shelves has sparked a sense of urgency among tourists eager to check the continent off their travel bucket lists.
That’s especially the case for Chinese tourists, so much so that the Chinese government earlier this week established a new list of rules for people visiting Antarctica: No hunting. No leaving behind solid waste. And no touching or feeding the penguins, according to the South China Morning Post.