Environmental Risk Perception

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Environmental Risk Perception
John D. Neil
PSY/460
June 9, 2014
Stephen Brown

Environmental Risk Perception
Environmental risk is something that is perceived differently by many people the world over. With so many different environmental areas under investigation, it is difficult to assess with 100% accuracy. Global warning has been one of the more commonly discussed environmental issues in recent memory. The following is a risk perception paper utilizing two articles. One article rates global warming as being a high-risk issue, while the other does not seem to be overly concerned about global warming as a major issue.
The first article is a research study focused on the impact of the tourist transport industry on the environment, specifically global warming. This article points out that the tourist transport (i.e. bus, car, train, plane, etc.) is the main component of the tourism trade because it gets the tourist from his or her home to the tourist destination (Cristina, 2013). According to the authors of the article, both air and road transport burn large quantities of fossil fuel, and release high levels of pollutants into the atmosphere (Cristina, 2013). This article goes on to suggest that at ground level, parking and car movement can be harmful to landscapes and the undisturbed nature of protective areas (Cristina, 2013). Two of the major concerns of this article are air transport and road transport. The article points out that air transport is the main gas responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, at least in the tourism sector (Cristina, 2013). Road transport is responsible for 90% of the carbon oxide emissions, making it the main source by far (Cristina, 2013). This article pulls data to support these claims from multiple resources, including charts from the World Tourism Organization. It also offers data to support an argument that the harmful…...

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