Pitztal-Oetztal link: Will Covid-19 consign the scheme to history or give it renewed oxygen?

Novel coronavirus necessitated us all to pause and take in what was around us in plain sight all along. Many won't have liked what they saw as the 'look at' me generation co-opted Covid-19 for their Narcissistic ends; others will have been astounded by nature in their gardens and neighbourhoods, while some set off for…

Wildschoenau: New tourist attraction is not my idea of a good time

It was early July in 2007. Funds were low but my by now deeply rooted desire to head to the Alps as often as possible was firmly established. Where though could I go on a budget that would barely get me three nights bed and breakfast in London, for a genre of holiday and in…

Oetztal: Crumbling Hochwildehaus hut a sobering, but unheeded, example of local Climate Change

The fate of the iconic Hochwildehaus mountain hut high in the Tirol's Oetztal should serve as a warning to those who continue to deny the onrushing effects of Climate Change, and the short-sighted within Austria's insatiable ski community who insist upon putting financial interests ahead of the core values that have sought to protect unique…

UK: Local indicators of Global Climate Change

The importance of recent reports detailing the loss of species to our planet is often assumed to involve areas where man's destructive hand has been most evident. Whilst cliched locations like the Aral Sea and Amazon rainforest undoubtedly represent human intervention at its most egregious the loss of indigenous species is evident all around, in…

Blackpool: Developers and planners vie over one of the last remaining green sites within the resort

An appeal lodged by the Tamworth-based developer Lovell Partnerships following Blackpool Council’s refusal to grant permission for the construction of 86 dwellings on land off Warren Drive in the resort is set to be heard from today(29th January 2019), scheduled to last up to 4 days. Lovell, whose successful redevelopment of the Queens Park area…

UK: National Planning Policy Framework(NPPF) fuelling greed and environmental destruction

Lax planning laws that foster an attitude of money first, the environment a distant second, are having a devastating effect on Britain's urban and suburban tree cover. Emboldened by the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF) central tenet of a presumption in favour of all developments, especially those within a municipality without an adopted Local Plan,…

Austrian Tirol: A limitless desire for more poses threat to its synonymous landscape

Promoting responsible tourism: what does this increasingly nebulous strapline now represent? Are we expecting responsible tourism to be defined by policies outlined by regional/national tourism associations - or shaped by the actions of those for whom the industry caters? In keeping with many strands of today's society tourists, without guidance or ordinance, are content to…

Slovenia: Maribor’s residents seek to protect local countryside from wholly unnecessary airport expansion

Residents living adjacent to Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport are rightly concerned by plans to expand the facility. Doing so could not only see the loss of forest and a large parcel of agricultural land, simultaneously undermining Slovenia's hardwired 'green' credentials, but also ultimately be an exercise in futility now that the modern, fit for purpose…

The Tirol’s Neustift Rebuffs Further Cableway Expansion, But For How Long?

The seemingly inexhaustible desire for further, bigger, longer, and higher cableways in the Austrian Tirol and Salzburgerland provinces is to many a distasteful, unquenchable process that will never be sated. The marginal net gains promised by many projects fail to justify the financial outlay but crucially, the environmental scarring of landscapes to facilitate further pistes,…