Norway study blames German tourists for global warming

The upside is that 21st century Germans go home.

Deutsche Welle reports:

Travel by road and air is the cause of 90 percent of the climate change impact caused by transportation. A study from Norway discovered that the biggest travel culprits are middle-class Germans.

Globalization has made almost any area in the world a possible holiday destination. Journeys to far-off places have become quicker and more affordable. The tourism industry is booming and a world without tourism is hard to imagine. Yet besides creating employment and leisure opportunities, the increased use of transportation also leads to a greater impact on climate change.

A new study by the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway (CICERO), shows that Germans are among the world’s top travelers. They travel five times more than the average world citizen. And it’s the better-off Germans who do the most damage.

“The wealthiest top 10 percent of the German population is responsible for almost 20 percent of the total climate impact of travel,” says the report.

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6 thoughts on “Norway study blames German tourists for global warming”

  1. That’s what happens when eloquent speakers and lawyers get elected instead of people who actually know something about how to get stuff done.

  2. OMG. It all reduces to Marxian Socialist poitics. “It’s the bourgeoisie!” These same types of fools pulled the same crap in my college literature classes. Now they use it to manipulate science and government policy.

  3. “Travel by road and air is the cause of 90 percent of the climate change impact caused by transportation. A study from Norway discovered that the biggest travel culprits are middle-class Germans.”
    Let’s look at that a bit harder.
    “Climate change impact” so far is not measurable. That means you can’t come up with 90% of it because you can’t measure it to start with.
    It’s easy to believe that 90% of CO2 from transportation comes from travel by car and air. Most transportation is by car and air.
    Then it turns out that the wealthier people from a wealthier nation do a lot of the traveling. It’s interesting to verify something one believes intuitively, but sheesh.
    The wealthy do a disproportionate amount of travel — probaboly for both business and recreation, sometimes combined. Travel produces CO2, like almost all activity does, and real pollution also. But CO2 does not drive climate and we have no measurable impact of climate change anyway.
    Poor math, poor journalism.

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