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Tourists are more vulnerable to extreme heat than locals
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Tourists are more vulnerable to extreme heat than locals

Tourists are at greater risk of heat-related illnesses than locals when visiting hot destinations during heat waves, experts warn.

Kiley Price reports for Inside Climate News.

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Tourism boom in West Texas community raises concerns over water supply

Tourism boom in West Texas community raises concerns over water supply

As tourism and development surge in Terlingua, residents worry about depleting water resources, prompting debates over sustainability and future water availability.

Carlos Nogueras Ramos and Eli Hartman report for The Texas Tribune.

In short:

  • Terlingua's tourism and development have dramatically increased water demand, causing concerns about the sustainability of local water resources.
  • Residents like Rick and Georganne Bradbury, who haul water to locals, see wells running dry, while developers argue there is sufficient water for future growth.
  • Efforts are underway to better understand and manage the region's water resources amid growing concerns of shortages.

Key quote:

“There’s no way we can say, ‘There’s unlimited water supply, everyone come and take whatever you want,’”

— Brewster County Judge Greg Henington

Why this matters:

The dilemma facing Terlingua is one that many rural communities encounter as they grow: balancing development with sustainability. At the heart of the debate is the question of future water availability. Proposals to drill deeper wells or import water from other regions are being discussed, but these solutions are not without their challenges and controversies. Deeper wells could lead to further depletion of the aquifers, while importing water is costly and logistically complex.

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Maldives' race to expand land raises environmental and social concerns
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Maldives' race to expand land raises environmental and social concerns

The Maldives is undertaking large-scale land reclamation to combat land scarcity and rising sea levels, but this move has sparked widespread environmental and societal concerns.

Jesse Chase-Lubitz reports for the Pulitzer Center.

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Climate change brings uncertainty to ski resort snowfall

Climate change brings uncertainty to ski resort snowfall

A recent study indicates the declining snowfall at ski resorts, an issue linked to the progressing climate crisis, foretells a challenging future for winter sports.

Oliver Milman reports for The Guardian.

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Is Royal Caribbean’s icon of the seas cruise ship really sustainable?

Is Royal Caribbean’s icon of the seas cruise ship really sustainable?

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Winter without snow is devastating Indian Kashmir’s ski tourism

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Seeking higher ground: Western resorts take skiers where the snow is

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