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See It Before It’s Too Late? Last-Chance Travel Lists and Climate Change

McGaurr, L and Lester, L ORCID: 0000-0003-1046-2412 2018 , 'See It Before It’s Too Late? Last-Chance Travel Lists and Climate Change', in B Brevini and J Lewis (eds.), Climate Change and the Media , Peter Lang Inc, New York, pp. 123-140.

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In an era of rapidly increasing human population and global travel, ‘last-chance tourism’ is attracting considerable media attention (Dawson, Lemelin, Stewart, & Taillon, 2015). This phenomenon is defined by scholars as commercial tourism that exploits ‘vanishing landscapes or icescapes, and/or disappearing natural and/or social heritage’ (Lemlin, Dawson, Stewart, Maher, & Lueck, 2010, p. 478). Many last-chance destinations and experiences are ones at risk from climate change—polar bear viewing in Canada, the ice-capped peak of Mount Kiliminjaro in Tanzania, the glaciers of Greenland, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (e.g. Frew, 2008, 2012; Lemelin, Dawson, Stewart, Maher, & Lueck, 2010; Piggott-McKellar & McNamara, 2016).

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:McGaurr, L and Lester, L
Keywords: environment, tourism, last-chance tourism, environmental communication
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc
DOI / ID Number: 10.3726/b14826
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Copyright 2018 Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York

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