I was reading some news on AOL today and came across an article about a connection between Global Warming and Tourism. According to the AP report, tourism will be hurt drastically by Global Warming. Rising water levels caused by increased water temps will erode away beaches and warmer mountains will yield less snow which will hurt skiers.
The report was conducted by the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit for the Worldwide Fund for Nature. The biggest losers in the article, it says are the Alps , along with the Mediterranean coast, African Safaris, the Atlantic Coast and Brazil. Thanks to logical transportation, such as airlines, we will be getting shorter seasons for our vacations according to the report. Quote: “With the number of international travelers expected to increase from 594 million in 1996 to 1.6 billion by 2020, the conservation group warned that the problems may only get worse.” To fix the “problem” we have to cut back on travel and find better energy sources, other than fossil fuels.
First off, I must say I am an anti-environmentalist. Do I think that some people/companies damage the earth and take advantage of it resources? Yes. Do I think humans are destroying the earth? No. Do I think Global Warming exists to the extent of the article? Absolutely not.
main things in article that I find wrong or misleading:
*Tourism will be hurt
People will still do stuff regardless if its 1 degree warmer or if the beach is 1 foot shorter.
*the earth will have shorter seasons
What? Will the earth start losing days or something?
*the word unbearable was described for the summer heat
Who says the heat is unbearable? If you don’t like hot weather, don’t go to hot places!!!
*airplanes are cause for GW
if that’s the case, why not stop all flights. We’ll see how the economy is then. What about cars and trains? Are they not a cause?
*“The group also urged governments to improve energy efficiency”
Aren’t most governments trying to do that now?
*4 inches a decade of rising waters.
Completely bull dookie. They have no explanation other than ‘warmer waters expand.’
*Less snow for skiers
I’m sure no one will miss a 1/4 inch of snow.
*Global Warming is considered evil
Its still being debated! I for one think it is not that bad, if it even exists at all! Warmer weather is good for everyone. Plants prefer warmer weather and higher concentrations for CO2 last time I checked. More CO2 means beefier plants, bigger plants means more O2 for us and a cleaner air supply.
Reports like this piss me off in general.
For those with AOL, The report can be found on AOL at aol://4344:3167.globew.21044878.620406039
“I’m not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.”-- Calvin and Hobbes
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