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


McGaurr, L and Lester, L, See It Before It's Too Late? Last-Chance Travel Lists and Climate Change, Climate Change and the Media, Peter Lang Inc, B Brevini and J Lewis (ed), New York, pp. 123-140. ISBN 978-1-4331-5437-9 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.3726/b14826


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 Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:environment, tourism, last-chance tourism, environmental communication
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Media studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:McGaurr, L (Dr Lynette McGaurr)
UTAS Author:Lester, L (Professor Libby Lester)
ID Code:127565
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150103454)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-08-03
Last Modified:2019-01-15

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