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2016

Keeping tourism's future within a climatically safe operating space

Eijgelaar, E., Amelung, B., & Peeters, P.
Bibliographical information:
Eijgelaar, E., Amelung, B., & Peeters, P. (2016). Keeping tourism's future within a climatically safe operating space. In M. Gren & E. H. Huijbens (Eds.), Tourism and the Anthropocene (pp. 17-33). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Abstract
Tourism's greenhouse gas emissions are increasing rapidly, adding to the global atmospheric CO2 concentration and to anthropogenic radiative forcing. This is arguably tourism's most profound contribution to overstepping planetary boundaries. If tourism's growth trend continues unabated, tourism will use up the world's entire carbon budget within 40 years. Drastic reductions are required. Maximum energy efficiency in transport and accommodation facilities needs to be pursued but is not enough: there is no technological fix. A radical change in behavior is needed too, in particular with respect to air travel. Reducing distances and flying less is the key to returning to a climatically safe operating space.
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