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This Is How Tourism Must Shift to Actually Address Climate Change

A new report released during COP27 reveals that only one scenario could possibly reduce emissions in time.

Iberostar Cozumel has ambitious climate plans, including a strict no-single-use plastic policy.

Iberostar Cozumel has ambitious climate plans, including a strict no-single-use plastic policy.

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If you’re concerned about climate change and wondering whether you should travel to far-flung places as often as you used to before the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s a valid question. You’re not going to like the answer.

An estimated 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions are due to tourism, and that’s predicted to double by 2050, the year scientists have forecast as the tipping point for all sorts of ecological disasters. By then, our planet will have warmed 1.5C (2.7F) above preindustrial times. By the end of the century, the figure looks to be 2C (3.6F), with that half-degree making a huge difference. If emissions are left unchecked, this warming will accelerate, bringing forth a distinctly heightened level of cataclysmic weather patterns.