Climate Change and Tourism – Responding to Global Challenges

The analysis showed that emissions can vary greatly per tourist trip, between a few kilograms of CO2 up to 9 t CO2 for long-distance, cruise-based journeys


Scholarcy highlights

  • This publication reflects the importance attached by the tourism sector to the impacts of climate change and contains valuable scientific and technical information
  • The following conclusions have been derived from presentations delivered by panellists representing public, private, non-governmental organizations and research institutions, and the subsequent interventions and debates involving the audience at the Second International Conference on Climate Change and Tourismus, held in Davos, Swizerland, 1–3 October 2007
  • The strong seasonality of beach tourism has to be taken into consideration, as it can be exacerbated by climate change
  • The participants to the Ministers’ Summit on Tourism and Climate Change gathered in London, UK on 13 November 2007 welcome the initiatives taken by the tourism sector, under the leadership of UNWTO in cooperation with United Nations Environment Programme and World Meteorological Organization, to address the causes and consequences of climate change for the tourism sector
  • The tourism sector must play a strong role as part of a broader response to climate change; it should not be disadvantaged through the imposition of a disproportionate burden either on tourism as a whole or on vital components such as aviation”
  • Not without debate 243, the Stern Review is generally considered to be the most comprehensive assessment of the economics of global climate change. It concluded that a rise of only 1° C might benefit global GDP, greater climate change would eventually damage economic growth at the global scale, including the stark conclusion that if we do nothing to stem climate change, there could be an eventual permanent reduction in consumption per capita of 20% later in the 21st century or early 22nd century
  • 3 Widespread decreases in glaciers and ice caps and warming ocean surface temperature have contributed to sea level rise of 1.8 mm per year from 1961 to 2003, and approximately 3.1 mm per year from 1993 to 2003

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