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May 5, 2008

As the battle over funding the Federal Aviation Administration and upgrading the nation's air-traffic control system comes to a head, anyone with anything to do with airlines is scrambling to get aboard. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., backed by the Teamsters Union and the Business Travel Coalition, plans to introduce an amendment to strengthen standards for aircraft maintenance performed outside the U.S. Sen. Olympia Snow, R-Maine, wants slipped into the bill a "Passenger Bill of Rights" which would allow passengers stranded on runways for at least three hours to get off the plane if they wish. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., plans to introduce at least two amendments, one to improve runway safety and another to require airlines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Apr 30, 2008

Nobel winner urges tourism industry to adapt to prevent climate change The tourism industry must cut its impact on climate change, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rajendra Pachauri said. Pachauri noted that consumers are becoming more aware of the effect of travel on the environment. "I would appeal to you and urge you to take steps so that you are seen not as the problem but as part of the solution," said Pachauri, who heads the UN's Nobel Prize-winning climate panel. Apr 29, 2008

Marriott Hotels

Marriott Lodging International president and managing director, Edwin Fuller, said to delegates at the PATA CEO Challenge 2008: Confronting Climate Change in Bangkok. Unsurprisingly, those environmental programs are now springing up in the private sector, despite a lack of incentives or environmental policy initiatives at government level in Asia. In the private sector, for example, Six Senses Resorts & Spas now invests 0.5 percent of gross income from each hotel back into a sustainable, environmental and responsible fund (SERF). This averages out at $100,000 per hotel per year across the group. Six Senses' carbon offset program now replaces all carbon emissions from...

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