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Oceanography: Tourism (Cruising)

Year 10 Elective Geography




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Transport and the Environment

While cruise ships account for only a small proportion of the global shipping fleet, they have a disproportionate impact on air quality, habitats and the climate.

YALE Environment 360

As the world moves to slash CO2 emissions, the shipping and aviation sectors have managed to remain on the sidelines. But the pressure is now on these two major polluting industries to start controlling their emissions at last.


Tulum, in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is known for picturesque beaches, underground river systems, and increasingly luxury tourism. Last year 2.4 million visitors came to this small coastal town. Development in Tulum is growing faster than the local infrastructure and environmental regulations are not always followed. The beaches popular with tourists are also home to nesting sea turtles who are vulnerable to the water and noise pollution that has accompanied growth here. Klaus dives in to learn more about what is happening in this paradise.

The Insight team take an in-depth look at Ship Pollution & Plastic Pollution.

Global Ideas seeks to break down complex issues surrounding climate change. That's why we've begun a series of information films to answer some basic questions. In this episode we deal with the question -- how bad for the environment are cruise ships?

How Cruise Ships Are Destroying The World – Second Thought.


Cruise ship tourism has experienced massive growth in the last thirty years. During these three decades, the number of people opting to spend their vacation on board one of these vessels has multiplied by 25 and so, as a result, have any associated problems.

US News- Travel

TOURISM IS TYPICALLY perceived as having a positive economic impact on a region, with visitors spending money on hotels, restaurants, souvenirs and attractions. Travelers can also bring notoriety to lesser-known destinations, creating additional opportunities for future tourism.


Cruise Ship Pollution Is Causing Serious Health and Environmental Problems