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No time for smokescreen skepticism: a rejoinder to Shani and Arad
Tourism Management
  • Michael Hall, University of Canterbury
  • Bas Amelung, Wageningen University
  • Scott Cohen, University of Surrey
  • Eke Eijgelaar, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Stefan Gössling, Lund University
  • James Higham, University of Otago
  • Rik Leemans, Wageningen University
  • Paul Peeters, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Yael Ram, Ashkelon Academic College
  • Daniel Scott, University of Waterloo
  • Carlo Aall, University of Canterbury
  • Bruno Abegg, University of Innsbruck
  • Jorge E Araña, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Stewart Barr, University of Exeter
  • Susanne Becken, Griffith University
  • Ralf Buckley, Griffith University
  • Peter Burns, University of Bedfordshire
  • Tim Coles, University of Canterbury
  • Jackie Dawson, Université d'Ottawa
  • Rouven Doran, University of Bergen
  • Ghislain Dubois, Conseil et Recherche en Politiques Climatiques
  • David Timothy Duval, University of Winnipeg
  • David Fennell, Brock University
  • Alison M Gill, Simon Fraser University
  • Martin Gren, Linnaeus University
  • Werner Gronau, Fachhochschule Stralsund
  • Jo Guiver, University of Central Lancashire
  • Debbie Hopkins, University of Otago
  • Edward H Huijbens, Icelandic Tourism Research Centre
  • Ko Koens, TV Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Michael Lamers, Wageningen University
  • Christopher Lemieux, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Alan Lew, North Arizona University
  • Patrick Long, East Carolina University
  • Frans W Melissen, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Jeroen Nawijn, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Sarah Nicholls, Michigan State University
  • Jan-Henrik Nilsson, Lund University
  • Robin Nunkoo, University of Mauritius
  • Alan Pomering, University of Wollongong
  • Arianne Carvalhedo Reis, Southern Cross University
  • Dirk Reiser, Cologne Business School
  • Robert B Richardson, Michigan State University
  • Christian M Rogerson, University of Johannesburg
  • Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu
  • Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir, Cologne Business School
  • Robert Steiger, MCI Management Center Innsbruck
  • Paul Upham, University of Leeds
  • Sander van der Linden, Yale University
  • Gustav Visser, University of the Free State
  • Geoffrey Wall, University of Waterloo
  • David Weaver, Griffith University
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Shani and Arad (2014) claimed that tourism scholars tend to endorse the most pessimistic assessments regarding climate change, and that anthropogenic climate change was a “fashionable” and “highly controversial scientific topic”. This brief rejoinder provides the balance that is missing from such climate change denial and skepticism studies on climate change and tourism. Recent research provides substantial evidence that reports on anthropogenic climate change are accurate, and that human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, including from the tourism industry, play a significant role in climate change. Some positive net effects may be experienced by some destinations in the short-term, but in the long-term all elements of the tourism system will be impacted. The expansion of tourism emissions at a rate greater than efficiency gains means that it is increasingly urgent that the tourism sector acknowledge, accept and respond to climate change. Debate on tourism-related adaptation and mitigation measures is to be encouraged and welcomed. Climate change denial is not.
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Hall, MC, Amelung, B, Cohen, S, Eijgelaar, E, Gössling, S, Higham, J, Leemans, R, Peeters, P, Ram, Y, Scott, D, Aall, C, Abegg, B, Araña, JE, Barr, S, Becken, S, Buckley, R, Burns, P, Coles, T, Dawson, J, Doran, R, Dubois, G, Duval, DT, Fennel, D, Gill, AM, Gren, M, Gronau, W, Guiver, J, Hopkins, D, Huijbens, EH, Koens, K, Lamers, M, Lemieux, C, Lew, A, Long, P, Melissen, FW, Nawijn, J, Nicholls, S, Nilsson, JH, Nunkoo, R, Pomering, A, Reis, AC, Reiser, D, Richardson, RB, Rogerson, CM, Saarinen, J, Sæþórsdóttir, AD, Steiger, R, Upham, P, van der Linden, S, Visser, G, Wall, G & Weaver, D 2015, 'No time for smokescreen skepticism: a rejoinder to Shani and Arad', Tourism Management, vol. 47, pp. 341-347.

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