Impact of tourism on Barcelona city as popular travel destination

Loved to Death? Residents Disenchanted by Barcelona’s Tourism Success

Just as I finished jotting down my reflections on the Gringo Trails documentary about the impact of tourism around the world, another documentary, Bye Bye Barcelona, has appeared, claiming that citizens of Barcelona, the much loved Catalan capital, are increasingly disenchanted by the city’s tourism success. The problem? With tourism in Barcelona booming, the industry…

Sustainable Sydney

Green, Global, Connected: Sydney’s 2030 Sustainability Vision

Few places in the world are as well-known as Sydney, the Australian cosmopolitan metropolis with its landmark harbour bridge and opera house. Less known, perhaps, are the city’s ambitions to position itself as a global leader in environmental best practice, urban sustainability and livability. Making Sydney as green, global and connected as possible by 2030…

Hammarby Sjöstad sustainable Stockholm

The Story Behind Sustainable Stockholm

The following story was first published on the Routledge blog Environment & Sustainability by Jonathan Metzger: It appears as if a global narrative is currently being woven around Stockholm, which presents the city as a beacon of urban sustainability in a sometimes quite uncritical and almost utopia manner – in the form of stories from…

Copenhagen Denmark European Green Capital 2014

Copenhagen: European Green Capital 2014

Europe celebrates its ‘green capitals’, cities that show world-class leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainable development, making them particularly attractive as places in which to study, live or visit. In 2010, Stockholm was awarded first European Green Capital by the European Commission, followed by Hamburg (2011), Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012) and Nantes this year. Copenhagen is the…

cycling health denmark

The real value of cycling

Cycling is not only good for your health, it is also profitable for society. A new study from Denmark shows that sick leave drops by one day per 1,200 kilometres travelled on the cycle track, and what is spent on improving conditions for commuter cyclists comes back to the municipality in saved sick-leave expenses and…