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No time for smokescreen skepticism: a rejoinder to Shani and Arad

Hall, C. Michael and Amelung, Bas and Cohen, Scott and Eijgelaar, Eke and Gössling, Stefan and Higham, James and Leemans, Rik and Peeters, Paul and Ram, Yael and Scott, Daniel and Aall, Carlo and Abegg, Bruno and Araña, Jorge E. and Barr, Stewart and Becken, Susanne and Buckley, Ralf and Burns, Peter and Coles, Tim and Dawson, Jackie and Doran, Rouven and Dubois, Ghislain and Duval, David Timothy and Fennell, David and Gill, Alison M. and Gren, Martin and Gronau, Werner and Guiver, Jo and Hopkins, Debbie and Huijbens, Edward H. and Koens, Ko and Lamers, Machiel and Lemieux, Christopher and Lew, Alan and Long, Patrick and Melissen, Frans W. and Nawijn, Jeroen and Nicholls, Sarah and Nilsson, Jan-Henrik and Nunkoo, Robin and Pomering, Alan and Reis, Arianne C. and Reiser, Dirk and Richardson, Robert B. and Rogerson, Christian M. and Saarinen, Jarkko and Sæþórsdóttir, Anna Dóra and Steiger, Robert and Upham, Paul and van der Linden, Sander and Visser, Gustav and Wall, Geoffrey and Weaver, David (2015) No time for smokescreen skepticism: a rejoinder to Shani and Arad. Tourism Management, 47. pp. 341-347. ISSN 0261-5177

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.tourman.2014.08.008


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.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 14:18
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2015 14:12

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