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Swiss conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin pose in their ‘idyllic’ hillside suite, part of the project ‘Null Stern Hotel’ (‘zero star hotel’), in Saillon, Switzerland. EPA/Jean-Christophe Bott

COVID changed travel writing. Maybe that’s not a bad thing

After visiting 72 countries as a travel writer, COVID forced Ben Stubbs to reassess the genre in an age of climate change and mass tourism. It’s time, he says, for a new kind of travel writing.
Most countries closed their borders, at least partially, at some point last year. But the world is starting to reopen. COVID Border Accountability Project

Closed borders, travel bans and halted immigration: 5 ways COVID-19 changed how – and where – people move around the world

Last year, 189 countries – home to roughly 65% of the global population – cut themselves off from the world at some point. Borders are now reopening and travel resuming, but normal is a ways off.
The U.S. banned travel from China early, but the late timing of other travel bans meant the coronavirus had other routes into the U.S. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Travelers coming from Italy may have driven first US COVID-19 wave more than those from China, study suggests

The results from an emerging study suggest governments should act quickly if they plan to impose travel bans – before the virus can spread widely to other countries.
The jet stream can have a big impact on how long a plane ride will last. Aeroprints via Wikimedia Commons

Why does it take longer to fly from east to west on an airplane?

When planes fly from east to west, they are flying against a river of air called a jet stream. These air currents can make your flight longer or shorter, depending on which way you are going.
Global fossil fuel emissions dropped by about seven per cent in 2020 compared with 2019. But a rebound is likely to occur when lockdowns ease up unless COVID-19 recovery packages focus on ‘green recovery.’ (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

New research suggests 1.5C climate target will be out of reach without greener COVID-19 recovery plans

Several countries have made pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century. But new research finds the remaining carbon budget will be depleted before we get there.

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