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Record number 417386
Title The emerging global tourism geography - an environmental sustainability perspective
Author(s) Peeters, P.M.; Landré, M.
Source Sustainability 4 (2012)1. - ISSN 2071-1050 - p. 42 - 71.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su4010042
Department(s) Cultural Geography
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) kestrel falco-tinnunculus - carbon-dioxide emissions - world-population - distance-decay - travel-time - power laws - land-use - jatropha - distributions - transport
Abstract The current development of tourism is environmentally unsustainable. Specifically, tourism’s contribution to climate change is increasing while other sectors are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. This paper has two goals: reveal the main structural cause for tourism’s emission growth and show the consequences thereof for (mitigation) policies. It is reasoned that the main cause for tourism’s strong emission growth is the time-space expansion of global tourism behavior. Contemporary tourism theory and geography fail to clearly describe this geographical development, making it difficult to understand this expansion and develop effective policies to mitigate environmental impacts. Therefore, this paper explores some elements of a ‘new tourism geography’ and shows how this may help to better understand the causes of the environmentally unsustainable development of tourism with respect to climate change and devise mitigation policies.
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