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Plane crazy: Tourism demand for air travel leads to rise in carbon pollution

By: 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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