No Escaping Climate Change for the Travel Industry Even When Covid-19 Becomes a Distant Memory

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It’s always good to take the long view about world developments because our tendencies often are to get wrapped up in today’s headlines, and understandably, in the crises of the moment. So if you consider the potential long-term impacts of climate change on the world — and the world of travel — then the Covid-19 pandemic will likely come to be viewed as a very painful, tragic footnote.That’s not to diminish the novel coronavirus catastrophe, which stopped the world in its tracks, and is on pace to claim one million deaths around the world before too long.And that is not to say that Covid-19 is unrelated to climate change as there have been plenty of theories espoused on how the degradation of natural habitats has roused infected wildlife and brought them into increased contact with humans.But with wildfires raging across much of California, Oregon, and Washington, meteorologists recording the highest temperature ever in Los Angeles County at 121 degrees, Hurricane Sally leisurely flooding the U.S. Gulf Coast, and memories still fresh of the European heat wave of 2018 that helped cripple Thomas Cook and summer holidays, I’m struck by former California Governor Jerry Brown’s comments …

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