Fight Global Warming... with Longer Trips

What makes climate change tricky for travellers is that tourism itself is being identified as a major contributor to global warming, owing largely to greenhouse-gas emissions from airplanes.

Published: 29-Jan-2006

Climate change, warns the World Tourism Organization, will affect where people travel and when they go.

Martha Honey, executive director at the International Ecotourism Society in Washington, D.C., says climate change is already apparent in many of the "stunning places around the world we like to visit." She points to rising ocean levels affecting islands in the South Pacific, melting snow at the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, and severe winters in Montenegro.

Francesco Frangialli, Secretary-General of the WTO, recently told a conference that climate change poses a growing risk to the tourism industry, tourists themselves and economies that rely on tourism. He pointed out that beach destinations and winter sports resorts are all "highly dependent on favourable climate conditions."

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