Plane crazy: Tourism demand for air travel leads to rise in carbon pollution
Eastern Eye Staff
DOMESTIC and international tourism account for eight per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, four times more than previously estimated, according to a study published on Monday (7). As in past decades, the United States is the single largest emitter of tourism-related carbon emissions, with other wealthy nations – Germany, Canada and Britain – also in the top 10. But fast-growing middle classes have moved several emerging economies up the ranking, with China in second place and India, Mexico and Brazil in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. The multi-trillion dollar industry’s carbon footprint is expanding rapidly, driven by demand for energy-intensive…
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