|By Timothy Hurley, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Is this the kind of place tourists will want to visit?
Among some of the more interesting findings:
--Surfing, the sport of kings and ancient Hawaiian tradition, will suffer. Some of
The report, paid for in part by the
Called "Climate Change and the Visitor Industry," the report suggests strategies for adapting to the changes and includes a list of vulnerable tourism sites, including major beaches, parks, attractions, hospitals and transportation assets.
"HTA is a knowledge-based organization and we believe it's important to be informed about
The report paints a rather bleak picture of the future as
As a consequence, the report said, the cost of living and the cost of doing business in
"It becomes so overwhelming," Eversole said of climate change. "Some people just throw up their arms and say, 'We're screwed -- there's nothing we can do.' But there's a lot we can do to start preparing."
Eversole said that while climate change, driven by a rise in greenhouse gases, is already underway, the tipping point for major problems may not be seen for 20, 30 or 50 years.
"It's like a freight train," Eversole said. "We can see it coming. Are we going to be ready?"
One of the biggest challenges for the state and its tourism industry in the coming decades will be dealing with sea level rise. Because nearly all of
"We have a very steep hill to climb to get on top of this problem," said UH associate dean and geology professor