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Climate Change and the Sustainable Development of Tourism Within the Caribbean

  • Andrew Spencer
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Abstract

Caribbean Small Island Developing States’ (SIDS’) growing dependence on tourism has called for a close examination of the many variables that can impact sustainability and viability of the industry. For global tourism policymakers, variations in weather and climate top the list of priority areas for forecasting, planning and are, in some circles, a grave concern. Human-induced changes to long-term climate trends have captured the attention of scholars globally and in modern times climate change has emerged as a critical buzzword at the highest levels of global policymaking. Despite much scepticism over the links between human actions and climate variability and the denial of the global warming phenomenon by some (Björnberg et al., Journal of Cleaner Production, 167(20), 229–241, 2017), undeniable evidence exists to support the view that extreme weather conditions, rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and melting of polar ice caps are as a result of carbon emissions and other harmful side effects of the global industrial complex.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Spencer
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  1. 1.University of the West Indies, BahamasNassauBahamas

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