December 6, 2015
Colin Michael Hall
Flights are just one of the ways tourism contributes to climate change. Contrail image from http://www.shutterstock.com
Travelling carbon free for about the cost of a salad in New York? Yes, please.
This is the good news that’s emerged from a study that found the damaging effects of tourism emissions could eventually be eliminated if travellers paid an average of just US$11 per trip.
Our research, published recently in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, was a collaboration between researchers from the universities of Waterloo (Canada), Lund (Sweden), Canterbury (New Zealand), and NHTV Breda (Netherlands).
Michael Hall, Author provided
Tourism: a carbon-intensive industry
Tourism is highly dependent on fossil fuels, and is a significant contributor to climate change. Recent conservative estimates conclude tourism, including transport, accommodation, and activities, contributes approximately 5% of total anthropogenic emissions worldwide. That’s more than all but five countries of the world.
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