9 of the world's least eco-friendly destinations
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Eco-tourism and eco-travel is quite an important factor in the travel landscape, especially amongst young people. What is the easiest way to travel emission free, how do we safeguard our environment without stopping to explore it, and how will we ever leave our hometown if we're too scared of polluting, are recurring questions behind this green travel movement. However, we could simply start by avoiding (or even boycotting!) some of the least eco-friendly travel destinations, just for a head start. 1. India India is one of the most popular touristic destinations in the world, but not in the slightest the best one when it comes to being eco-friendly. The whole country is dangerously polluted. The levels of trash and air pollution are preposterous, and pollution-related deaths are quite common in rural areas. India may be a wonderful country to visit, but your lungs won’t appreciate that visit to the Taj Majal. 2. China China is one of the most polluted countries in the world (shock). Their CO2 emissions levels are terrible: outdoor air polution has reached deadly levels, and it is normal to see people wearing masks to filter the air. The situation is so worrying that the government of China has set in motion a series of measures to improve the quality of the air, but it will probably take some time. 3. London, UK London has never been a landmark in eco-friendliness. The Great Stink of 1858 and the Great Smog of are considered some of the worst environmental impacts ever. Nowadays, the situation has hardly improved. In spite of the Mayor’s desperate measures to reduce the emission of CO2 (like the T-Charge and the Congestion Charge Fee), this year London reached the legal limit for 2018 in less than a month. 4. Qatar The World Health Organisation has stated that Qatar’s air pollution exceeds safe limits, which is very unhealthy for the population. The PM 2.5 particles in the air are very toxic and can cause health problems including coughing, chronic bronchitis and lung cancer.
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