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Record number 476774
Title No time for smokescreen skepticism: A rejoinder to Shani and Arad
Author(s) Hall, C.M.; Amelung, B.; Cohen, S.; Leemans, R.; Lamers, M.A.J.; Nicholls, S.; Richardson, R.B.
Source Tourism Management 47 (2015). - ISSN 0261-5177 - p. 341 - 347.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2014.08.008
Department(s) Environmental Systems Analysis Group
WIMEK
Environmental Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) climate-change - environmental skepticism - scientific consensus - tourism - emissions - policy
Abstract Shani and Arad (2014) claimed that tourism scholars tend to endorse the most pessimistic assessments regarding climate change, and that anthropogenic climate change was a “fashionable” and “highly controversial scientific topic”. This brief rejoinder provides the balance that is missing from such climate change denial and skepticism studies on climate change and tourism. Recent research provides substantial evidence that reports on anthropogenic climate change are accurate, and that human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, including from the tourism industry, play a significant role in climate change. Some positive net effects may be experienced by some destinations in the short-term, but in the long-term all elements of the tourism system will be impacted. The expansion of tourism emissions at a rate greater than efficiency gains means that it is increasingly urgent that the tourism sector acknowledge, accept and respond to climate change. Debate on tourism-related adaptation and mitigation measures is to be encouraged and welcomed. Climate change denial is not.
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