31 May '16, 8am

Tourism + Climate Change = Famous Thai Islands Closed

Tourism + Climate Change = Famous Thai Islands Closed

Several of Thailand’s best known islands, including the spot made famous in the film “The Beach,” are closed indefinitely due to concerns of both damage from tourists and coral bleaching connected to climate change. Part of this is a sustainability issue. Tourism is growing rapidly around the world, meaning that more and more people are visiting popular destinations such as Thailand — which was the 10th most visited country in the world in 2014, according to the World Tourism Organization , with more than 26 million tourists visiting the Southeast Asian nation. That is a staggering increase of 24 percent from 2013. Unfortunately, tourists can have a negative impact on the environment, something that is plainly becoming a problem in Thailand. More visitors coming to the same beaches equals more trash and more erosion. The recent spate of people taking selfies with animals r...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2016/05/tourism-climate-chang...

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