Enchanting Californian and Italian vineyards… Overflowing with grapes, fine wine, and tourists.

Eliot Whittington of the University of Cambridge says that tourism is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The places we love to visit are often the same places threatened by rising sea levels, higher temperatures and extreme weather.

WHITTINGTON: “… a wonderful ski slope, a beautiful coast, an amazing resource like a coral reef, or a safari area full of animals, or a beautiful forest. And climate change is going to affect all of these key assets.”

Tourism is now one of the world’s largest industries with global revenues of more than one trillion dollars. Whittington cautions that costs will increase as operators face new hurdles like higher insurance rates, scarcer water supplies, and the need to reduce their own carbon emissions, especially from transportation.

WHITTINGTON: “… and they need to understand that any difficulties they’ve had over the last few years is the new normal. It’s probably going to stay like that and it’s likely to get worse going forward.”

Many of the places we love to visit are already experiencing the impacts of global warming, creating new challenges for global tourism.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
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Diana Madson

Diana Madson contributed regularly to Yale Climate Connections from 2014 to 2021. She enjoys exploring U.S.-based stories about unexpected and innovative solutions to climate change. In addition to her...