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Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014 12:33 PM HST

Study: Climate change to affect tourism industry

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A University of Hawaii report is warning the state's tourism industry to start preparing now for the effects of climate change.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the study says Hawaii will likely see more competition for visitors as warmer climate zones expand and new, easier-to-reach tropical resorts emerge in coastal regions from Texas to Florida.

The study says Hawaii will be a hotter place, with fewer cooling trade winds and more drought, fewer waterfalls and forest streams. Sea level rise will mean fewer beaches and more flooding as the coast erodes.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority paid for the report, which suggests strategies for adapting to the changes.

The tourism authority's CEO, Mike McCartney, says his organization will use the study to help guide the industry's environmental initiatives.

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