Climate Change: Implications for Tourism

Climate Change:
Implications for Tourism

Key Findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)



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A new briefing issued today distils the key findings from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report for the tourism sector:

The sector is exposed to numerous direct and indirect impacts from climate change. Sea-level rise and more acidic oceans will threaten coastal tourism infrastructure and natural attractions. Rising temperatures will shorten winter sport seasons and threaten the viability of some ski resorts. Climate change will lead to changes in biodiversity, affecting eco-tourism.

Adaptation options exist, but many are likely to add costs and offer only short-term relief. Locations at risk can invest in more resilient infrastructure. However, under scenarios that see high emissions, and higher temperatures, questions exist as to whether adaptation is possible at all.

The contribution of tourism to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is rising and is projected to grow 130% between 2005 and 2035.

There is considerable uncertainty about how tourists will respond to the effects of climate change. Academic research provides much detail on likely impacts, and on possible changes in tourism demand. These changes are likely to create opportunities at both the destination and business level.

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The tourism summary is one of a series of thirteen, based upon The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). AR5 represents the most comprehensive overview of climate science to date and is the fact base that will be used by governments and businesses to formulate climate policy in the coming years.

The following partners have worked on distilling the AR5 content into concise, clear, and relevant findings:

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Cambridge Judge Business School

European Climate Foundation

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