Travel Carbon footprint of global tourism significantly underestimated: study

08:10  14 may  2018
08:10  14 may  2018 Source:   afprelaxnews.com

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Global tourism is responsible for about eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions -- four times more than previously believed, according to the results of a new study .

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Maldives© AFPRelaxNews Maldives Global tourism is responsible for about eight percent of global greenhouse emissions -- four times more than previously believed, according to the results of a new study.

The findings, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, show that the environmental impact of globetrotting travellers -- particularly affluent jetsetters -- has been significantly underestimated.

Unlike other studies which quantify the carbon footprint of travel by looking mostly at air travel and transport, a team of researchers from Australia and Taiwan took a more comprehensive approach by considering the "life cycle" of a tourist, expanding the criteria to food, shopping and accommodations.

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The findings, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, show that the environmental impact of globetrotting travelers— particularly affluent jetsetters—has been significantly underestimated , AFP reported. Unlike other studies which quantify the carbon footprint of travel by looking mostly at air

The study found tourism is forecast to grow at an annual four percent—outpacing many other economic sectors. Between 2009 and 2013, tourism 's global carbon footprint increased from 3.9 to 4.5 Gt CO2-e—four times more than previous

After looking at tourism-related activities among 160 countries between 2009 and 2013, researchers estimated that tourism's global carbon footprint increased from 3.9 to 4.5 GtCo2e (gigatonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide) -- or four times more than previous estimates.

Researchers also showed that wealthier travellers -- who are more likely to travel by air and consume more goods and services -- leave behind bigger carbon footprints than lower-income travellers.

Topping the carbon footprint ranking is the US, followed by China, Germany, India and Mexico, and mostly from domestic travel.

At the per-capita level, small island destinations like the Maldives, Mauritius, Cyprus and the Seychelles feature some of the highest destination-based footprints, with international tourism representing between 30 and 80 percent of national emissions -- a reality that presents a significant dilemma, authors note.

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English News Lesson on Carbon Footprint : Carbon footprint of global tourism is huge - FREE worksheets, online activities, listening in 7 Levels Their study looked at the carbon footprint of many different areas of tourism .

The study found tourism is forecast to grow at an annual four percent -- outpacing many other economic sectors. Between 2009 and 2013, tourism 's global carbon footprint increased from 3.9 to 4.5 Gt CO2-e -- four times more than previous estimates

"In particular, island destinations face an enormous additional carbon burden as they host a significant number of inbound tourists. These islands benefit substantially from the incomes from tourists, so their governments face a challenge of how to impose national mitigation strategies without reducing tourism income," reads an excerpt.

The study also found that Canadian, Swiss, Dutch, Danish and Norwegian travellers leave a bigger carbon footprint in the countries they visit, compared to visitors to their own countries.

With global travel projected to grow four percent beyond 2025, researchers emphasize the need to monitor and mitigate tourism-related carbon emissions, perhaps with carbon taxes or carbon trading schemes.

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