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Gay Travel: Top German Tourism Group Bets On Business Of LGBT Vacationers

The German travel company Dertour, one of the world’s leading tour operators, publishes catalogues covering many different countries and themes each season. Now for the first time, a catalogue is out called 'Gay Travel,' with some offers

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Michael Hegenauer

BERLIN - There are situations that gay men would rather not have to face when checking into a hotel. Such as when the lady at reception apologetically says they only have a room with a double bed and would that be okay? Or when she glances at the second man and asks: "Is he your brother?"

Gays could also do without the open-mouthed stares from other guests when, say, they stride through the lobby or breakfast room in form-fitting leather trousers. At least so says Dietmar Malcherek, the Mediterranean region product manager for Dertour, which specializes in individual travel. Malcherek is also gay. And together with his heterosexual colleagues Sonja Thiesing and Jens Reinhardt, he is the man behind the new 90-page catalogue that purports to list "the best addresses around the world for gays, lesbians and their friends."

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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