Let’s face an unfortunate reality- global warming and climate change are posing a real threat to our planet. Along with a receding tree-line, global warming is also reducing the shoreline which in turn is endangering several islands. And we have but ourselves to blame for the plight of our environment. If we continue acting irresponsibly, if we continue assuming that it’s not our job, that somebody else will protect Earth, these 6 gorgeous places will probably disappear off the face of the planet soon.
Located in the Pacific Ocean, the beautiful Republic of Kiribati is at the risk of losing all its surface area due to rise in sea level. With an elevation of approximately 2 meters, the nation sees an annual increase of 0.7 inches in the water levels surrounding it. This means, that within a matter of years, the island nation would no longer exist. With a scary future such as this, the president of Kiribati has already purchased 5,500 acres of land in Fiji in order to relocate the island’s population, if or when required.
2. The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef needs no introduction – located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, it already attracts over 2 million tourists every year! The only additional information we can give you is a tragic one; according to scientists, almost 93% of the reef has been ruined due to coral bleaching. A mixture of global warming and tourism is changing the temperatures of the waters around the reef, causing the corals to go on a path of self-destruction.
3. The Maldives
Made up of 26 atolls and spread across just 300 square kilometers, the Republic of Maldives is facing the same problem as Kiribati – rising sea levels. Many of the islands that make up Maldives are already complaining of beach erosion. This, in turn, is reducing the inhabitable land area. Soon, this picturesque island nation will be underwater, unless we decide to do something about it ASAP!
One of the tiniest countries in the world, Tuvalu is made of nine, low-lying, tiny coral atolls and is located in the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Australia and Hawaii. The Tuvalu residents are already searching for other countries to migrate to. With an imminent risk to its existence, Tuvalu has been pressing for the compliance of the Kyoto Protocol for a long time now.
Trivia: A family from Tuvalu was the first one in the world to be given residency in New Zealand based purely on the threats and results of climate change!
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Already suffering from crippling floods year on year, the romantic city of Venice is now also facing the threat of rising sea levels. Besides, for a long time now, the city’s architecturally marvelous buildings have been slowly sinking into the Adriatic Sea!
Trivia: In the year 2017, Lorenzo Quinn, an Italian artist, created a sculpture of giant hands coming out of the Grand Canal. This sculpture was created to draw attention to the city’s bleak, watery future.
6. Glaciers on the Alps
According to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), “Over the last century, global warming has caused all Alpine glaciers to recede. In 2006, the volume of water stored as ice was still almost 10% greater than that present as liquid, but the margin is continuing to narrow.” In fact, every year, the Alps loses approximately 3% of its glacial ice. So maybe, in an unfortunate future, skiing in the Alps would be a thing of the past!
These places are just 6 of the hundreds that are on the verge of disappearing. Unless and until we don’t do something about it, global warming will keep moving ahead at an alarming pace, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Maybe us explorers could start smaller – like trying to travel in an eco-friendly way.