Tourism’s appetite becoming too great for world resources

(CABI) “A paper just completed by tourism and climate change scientists, Stefan Gossling and Paul Peeters presents more facts about tourism’s appetite for growth and resources. For the first time using the concept of Resource Use Intensities (RUIs) – the paper pioneers the assessment of tourism’s total global resource use, including fossil fuel consumption, associated CO2 emissions, fresh water, land and food use.”

3 key points

1) “Over the next 45 years, water consumption (both direct and indirect) is expected to double.”

2) “From 2010–2050, tourism is anticipated to grow considerably in energy use and emissions, doubling energy use over the coming 25 years in a “business as usual scenario”

3) “The paper forecasts that over the next 25 years, land use for tourism will double, and almost triple to 2050”

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Jeremy Smithhttp://www.jmcsmith.com
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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