Climate-conscious travelers are jumpstarting Europe’s sleeper trains

After being gently awakened in her sleeper cabin, Sarah Marks spent the morning of her 29th birthday watching the Alps zoom past the windows of her night train to Zurich. “The train comes in right next to the lake, with the mountains behind it,” Marks said wistfully. “Very romantic, I must say.” By the time … Read more

Ecological ‘disaster’ as Houthi-sunk ship leaches fertilizer into Red Sea

Water supplies for millions of people, a vibrant fishing industry and some of the world’s largest coral reefs are at risk after a cargo ship was sunk by Yemeni rebels. ADVERTISEMENT Warnings have been issued that the sinking of the Rubymar, which was carrying oil and 22,000 tons of fertilizer, could cause ecological damage to … Read more

EU fails to pass law requiring human rights and environmental audits on Chinese suppliers

However, a vote on Wednesday among the bloc’s 27 members in Brussels fell short of the qualified majority needed to adopt the rules. Major Member States included Germany and Italy abstained along with ten other countries, diplomatic sources confirmed, while Sweden voted against the rules, leaving them below the required threshold of fourteen member states … Read more

Macron doesn’t rule out sending Western troops to Ukraine – POLITICO

“It is a recognition of the challenge that Ukraine faces, and that a little more is given, it is an honor for the French. They have long been a concern [about purchases from non-EU countries]and it is a sign that they are willing to be pragmatic,” said Mujtaba Rahman, Europe head of the Eurasia Group. … Read more

If Russia hadn’t invaded Ukraine, Hamas wouldn’t have attacked Israel – POLITICO

Russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine two years ago was the precursor to the militant Hamas group’s attack on Israel last October, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said in an interview published Saturday. “If Russia had not invaded Ukraine, in all likelihood Hamas would not have launched such an attack on Israel,” Meloni told Italian newspaper … Read more

Giorgia Meloni: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine brought Hamas massacre

The October 7 massacre of Israelis by Hamas follows Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni told the Milan-based newspaper Il Giornale in an interview on Saturday. When asked if she feared that tensions around the world would lead to World War III, Meloni replied: “What I think … Read more