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The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it’s bigger than we thought)ND

Dr Arunima Malik & Dr Ya-Yen Sun, The Conversation, Tuesday May 8 2018

The carbon footprint of tourism is about four times larger than previously thought, according to a new study published today in Nature Climate Change. Researchers assessed the entire supply chain of tourism, which includes transportation, accommodation, food and beverages, souvenirs, clothing, cosmetics and other goods. All up, global tourism produces around 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Tourism is a trillion-dollar industry which is growing faster than international trade, and from 2009 to 2013, tourism related emissions increased by around 15%. This rise mostly came from tourist spending on transport, shopping and food. Change will ultimately come from implementing regulations and incentives together to encourage low-carbon operations, but at a personal level it’s worth looking at the carbon cost of your flights, choosing to offset your emissions where possible and supporting tourism companies that aim to operate sustainably.

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