The impact of tourism on the Earth’s climate was four times greater than previously thought
Researchers from the organization Nature Climate Change updated the data on the carbon footprint formed as a result of the global tourism industry. It turned out that he was monstrously undervalued and at least four times greater than previously thought. The total amount of carbon dioxide emissions in this area is about 1/12 of the total amount of greenhouse gases in the world.
Earlier, when calculating CO 2, only emissions from tourist air travel were taken into account. Now these data are added to the atmosphere during the construction and maintenance of tourist facilities, from all types of transfers, from the production of souvenirs, food products and the release of promotional products. Even alcohol and selfie in the resort indirectly increase these figures – you need to generate electricity for a smartphone and utilize bottles.
The latest accurate estimates use the figures for 2013, from which it follows that the global tourism industry generated 4.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. This exceeds 8% of all annual emissions to the atmosphere, but since then tourism has become even more in demand, which led to an increase in emissions by 40%. And by 2025, we are already talking about 6.5 billion tons of CO 2 .
Worst of all, the two methods of reducing emissions proposed by the UN failed. Tourists were recommended to rest at home, do not travel far and use public transport. And tourism organizations – to invest in energy-saving technologies and programs to clean up emissions. Excessive zeal in the implementation of these methods on a global scale, no one showed .