Since most of the carbon emission as well as over 80% of ocean pollution is land based, there are several strategies that those concerned with sustainable tourism can implement to mitigate these concerns.
The twelve Blue Community strategies were developed in collaboration with Walt Disney World utilizing approaches that not only move tourism to sustainability, but are also proven to be cost effective.
Oceanic Coal Pollution, Epic RateLast Updated on 2014-08-12 11:58:26Each year, the lion's share of mercury poison comes from burning more than 8.3 billion tons of coal to provide energy for electricity grids.
Join Earth Dr Reese Halter from Los Angeles in another segment of SOS as he tells us about our oceans brimming with mercury poisoning.
As a result of this insatiable addiction to coal, mercury toxicity has tripled in our oceans to over 80,000 tons of poison. Eighty-four percent of fish tested are laced with methyl-mercury, say scientists from the Biodiversity Research Institute in Maine.
In December of 2013 Shanghai's concentration of tiny toxic PM 2.5 particles was 602.5 micrograms per cubic meter, an extremely hazardous level that shattered all previous records for poisonous air pollution. By the way, that compares to the World Heath Organization's acceptable safety standard of air quality of 25 micrograms per cubic meter.... More »
Third Party Certification Needed for Sustainable TourismLast Updated on 2014-07-06 13:58:13There are many laws and principles governing the environment but collectively they do not provide any guarantee that a tourism business will be sustainable.
While there are some national and international laws that impact tourism, such as the climate change convention, biodiversity convention, endangered species act, clean water act, clean air act, and protected areas legislation, they are only a small part of the overall sustainability issues that tourism faces. International laws are often hard to enforce, and national laws don't usually address the day to day operations of a tourism business that makes it sustainable.
One way to address this issue is through voluntary initiatives such as sustainable certification programs. In this way a tourism business can set itself apart from other tourism businesses who do not feel a need to act in an environmentally friendly or ethical... More »
Anatara Kihavah Villas goes to Sea with marine biologist Joseph LassusLast Updated on 2014-07-06 09:59:09
Situated in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll island archipelago, Anantara Kihavah Villas is the perfect place from which to enjoy the underwater world of the Indian Ocean. Here, you can snorkel some of the world’s most treasured reefs, explore uninhabited deserted islands, or cruise in solitude into a tapestry of unimaginable colors.
Recovering from the 1998 El Nino that destroyed most of the country’s shallow reef coral, in June 2011 UNESCO declared the Baa Atoll a Biosphere Reserve. Operating as an eco-conscious beach resort, Anantara Kihava Villas has been dedicated to supporting the recovery since opening in 2012. This luxury resort counts among Green Globe’s top performing members.
In its commitment to protect and preserve the environment, the property has... More »
From Despair to Repair: Dramatic Decline of Caribbean Corals Can Be ReversedLast Updated on 2014-07-02 13:46:18Gland, Switzerland, 02 July 2014 – With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, is the most detailed and comprehensive study of its kind published to date – the result of the work of 90 experts over the course of three years. It contains the analysis of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970, including studies of corals, seaweeds, grazing sea urchins and fish.
The results show that the Caribbean corals have declined by more than 50% since the... More »
Part three: Four ways to boil the ocean: How pollution and plastic can change traveler bookingsLast Updated on 2014-04-30 08:54:51This blog is the third in a four part series to address four major environmental impacts that are destined to have major impacts on tourism: climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, and inadequate fishery management.
I once thought that all the nasty stuff floating around in the ocean was either from bad people who let things fly off their boat or from one of the big oil spills. Actually over 80% of ocean pollution comes from land based sources.
Plastics image compliments of Wave Patrol
Frighteningly, most of the waste that we produce on land eventually reaches the oceans, from run-off through drains and rivers, as well as deliberate dumping. Oil spills are “only” responsible for approximately 12% of the oil entering the seas each year, when an alarming 36% comes down drains and rivers as waste and runoff from cities and industry.
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