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Tourism Responsible for 8% of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Posted by feww on May 9, 2018

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Tourism is responsible for a twelfth of world greenhouse gas emissions

Emissions from tourism were found to be highest in the United States, China, Germany and India, according to a review of 160 nations led by the University of Sydney researchers and published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Flights, hotels, food and production of souvenirs, accounted for emission of the equivalent of 4.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2013, the latest data available [tourism has been growing at an annual rate of about 4 percent since. Editor] or 8 percent of all anthropogenic greenhouse gases, up from 3.9 billion in 2009, according to the report.

The carbon footprint of global tourism

By Manfred Lenzen et al., 2018

Published by Nature Climate Change (2018) doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0141-x

Abstract

Tourism contributes significantly to global gross domestic product, and is forecast to grow at an annual 4%, thus outpacing many other economic sectors. However, global carbon emissions related to tourism are currently not well quantified. Here, we quantify tourism-related global carbon flows between 160 countries, and their carbon footprints under origin and destination accounting perspectives. We find that, between 2009 and 2013, tourism’s global carbon footprint has increased from 3.9 to 4.5 GtCO2e, four times more than previously estimated, accounting for about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Transport, shopping and food are significant contributors. The majority of this footprint is exerted by and in high-income countries. The rapid increase in tourism demand is effectively outstripping the decarbonization of tourism-related technology. We project that, due to its high carbon intensity and continuing growth, tourism will constitute a growing part of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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You can run, you can even hide, BUT…

Posted by feww on November 9, 2013

Symbolic Count- down: 854 Days Left

Tidal Surge of Global Change 26 Times Faster in 21st Century: FIRE-EARTH

FIRE-EARTH Models show the rate of global change has intensified by a factor of at least 26 in the last decade compared with the 1960s.

FIRE-EARTH defines ‘global change’ as the deterioration in the planet’s life-support capacity that is caused by large-scale anthropogenic impact, leading to a total collapse.

The reality: Critical Overload Threatens Planetary Life Support Systems

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Diagram shows the exponential growth of Human Impact on Nature (HION) between 1960  and July 2013. Source: FIRE-EARTH Real-Time Earth Models. Copyright: FIRE-EARTH Blog Authors.

Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN) skyrockets to a new high

The FIRE-EARTH/CASF Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN), an index for calculating the human impact on the planetary life support systems, climbed to a critically high level of 323 on July 1, 2013. In other words, the anthropogenic impact on the living environment exceeded 3.23 times the planet’s diminishing carrying capacity.

  • The index is rising exponentially.
  • HIoN has risen 38 points, or more than 13 percent, since July 2012 when it reached 285.
  • The index was less than 80 in 1960, and rose to about 100 in 1980.

“According to HIoN projections, our cities and population centers could become almost entirely unsustainable by as early as 2015.”

FIRE-EARTH Climate Models show climate change forcings and feedbacks switching global weather patterns onto “primordial tracks.”

FIRE-EARTH Population Model shows mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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State of Calamity Declared in Two Philippine Provinces

Posted by feww on September 24, 2013

Severe flooding, landslides destroy homes, bridges, roads and dikes, killing dozens

State of Calamity has been declared in Ilocos Norte province after strong winds and heavy rain accompanying Typhoon USAGI [locally known as “Odette”] destroyed scores of roads, bridges and dikes, inundating thousands of homes and ruining large swathes of crops.

Severe flooding has inundated the towns of Bacarra, Bangui, Piddig, Pagudpud, Paoay and Pasuquin, in Ilocos Norte province, prompting the authorities to declare a State of Calamity throughout the province, according to local reports.

Heavy rains kill at least 33 in Zambales, N. Philippines

A state of calamity has also been declared in the city of Olongapo, Zambales province, amid widespread flooding, as monsoon rains inundated the city and its neighboring Subic municipality, said a report.

As of 11 am Tuesday, September 24, the death toll stood at 33, local officials reported.

“As of posting, houses in Sta Monica subdivision in Barangay Matain, Subic, were still submerged.” Said the report.

Olongapo City
Floodwaters submerge vehicles in Olongapo City, September 23, 2013. Photo courtesy Ryan Viduya/ via Rappler.com

Major Flooding in Bataan Province, Central Luzon

Floodwaters also submerged at least 4 towns in the neighboring province of Bataan, in Central Luzon, authorities reported.

Mass evacuations are underway in the towns of Hermosa, Abucay, Dinalupihan, and Samal.

Thousands of families are being evacuated as floodwaters reached up to 5 feet high in some areas submerged homes and leaving roads impassable, said a report.

Flood victims were seen carrying their shivering kids as they waded through the floodwaters amid submerged cars, said an AFP reporter.

In Samal town, floodwaters “rose neck-deep” in some areas, the report said.

Olongapo City Mayor has asked the US ambassador to send the US Marines, who are conducting joint war games in the region, to help with relief efforts, said his office.

“About 2,300 US and Philippine marines are taking part in 3-week long joint exercises, many of them to be conducted in Zambales,” said the report.

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USAGI Intensifies to Super Typhoon Force

Posted by feww on September 20, 2013

Super Typhoon USAGI punching 260-km winds, gusting 315 km/h

USAGI, the planet’s most powerful storm so far this year, and measuring abut 1,100km wide, is moving toward southern Taiwan, packing sustained winds of 260km/h with wind gusts in excess of 315km/h.

As of 03:00UTC on September 20, 2013, SUPER TYPHOON  USAGI (TY 17W, or 1319) was located near 19.0ºN 125.0ºE, about 700km NE of Manila, Philippines and was tracking northwestward at about 15km/h  causing significant wave heights of about 18 meters.

The Monster Typhoon’s outer bands have been lashing northern Luzon for the past few hours, dumping significant amounts of rain.

The center of the storm is predicted to pass near southern Taiwan, but its northeast quadrant, usually the most powerful, could lash Taiwan’s southern half, dumping more than 320mm of rain.

USAGI is forecast to track toward Hong Kong By Sunday, but would become weakened by landfall.

super typhoon USAGI
Typhoon USAGI (17W, or 1319). Visible/Shorwave IR Image. 2013-09-19 @ 01:32UTC. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.

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Typhoon USAGI (17W, or 1319) Projected Path. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

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Typhoon USAGI Eying Taiwan

Posted by feww on September 19, 2013

USAGI  has intensified into a Cat 2 typhoon in the NW Pacific Ocean

Typhoon USAGi (TY 17W) has strengthened into a Cat 2 Cyclone, moving slowly toward southern Taiwan.

Typhoon USAGI (1319)

  • Date and Time: 2013/09/19 00:00UTC
  • Location: 16.9ºN, 128.3ºE
  • Movement: WNW [245º] changing to NW 9km/hr increasing to 14km/hr
  • Minimum Pressure: 955 hpa
  • Maximum Wind Speed:  170km/hr (90kt)
  • Gusts: 205km/hr (110kt)

Several models predict USAGI could intensify into a Cat 4 Cyclone before reaching southern Taiwan region.

TY USAGI
Typhoon USAGI (1319). Visible/Shorwave IR Image. 2013-09-19 @ 01:32UTC. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.

USAGI projected path
Typhoon USAGI Projected Path. Source: Japan Meteorological Agency.

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Ask not why your planet is pulling the plug…

Posted by feww on August 24, 2013

Ask what you have done for your planet lately!

SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 931 Days Left

FIRE-EARTH Climate Models show climate change forcings and feedbacks switching global weather patterns onto “primordial tracks.”

FIRE-EARTH Population Model shows mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

Critical Planetary Overload

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

Collapse in Progress

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SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 936 Days Left

Posted by feww on August 19, 2013

FIRE-EARTH Climate Models show climate change forcings and feedbacks switching global weather patterns onto “primordial tracks.”

FIRE-EARTH Population Model shows mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

Critical Planetary Overload

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

Collapse in Progress

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Humans “Truth Band” Below Threshold

Posted by feww on August 13, 2013

Nothing to bid on…!

SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 942 Days Left

FIRE-EARTH Climate Models show climate change forcings and feedbacks switching global weather patterns onto “primordial tracks.”

FIRE-EARTH Population Model shows mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

Critical Planetary Overload

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

Collapse in Progress

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