You know that the world is not the same as it used to be 100 years ago. It has changed the most and for the worst in this century. Global warming is the worst of all the things happening around, and we are dealing with the consequences.
Adding to this list of consequences are the places which are slowly fading away due to climate change. Many tourist destinations are assumed to get completely destroyed by the end of this century according to several studies.
Here is a list of places that are threatened by changing climate which you should visit as soon as you can.
The Maldives is a chain of 26 atolls located at the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian sea. It is the lowest country in the world just above 4ft and 11inches the sea level. Event the highest point of this place is the lowest in the world at 5.1 meters or 17ft. This is the smallest Asian country and is a prime tourist destination along with being World’s most dispersed sovereign city.
Due to it’s proximity to the sea, it has the highest probability of getting swallowed by the oceans shortly. In 2009 the government pledged to make the Maldives a carbon natural country by 2019. Due to the constant increase in sea level caused by global warming, it is predicted that the Maldives will become completely inhabitable in a few decades.
The Swiss Alps
The Swiss Alps is the Alpine region of Switzerland, along with the Swiss portion of the Jura Mountains and the Swiss Plateau, the three form the major natural feature of this beautiful country. The stretch of the Swiss Alps is often known as the Central Alps as it is extended to both the western and eastern Alps. The Swiss Alps also has the highest mountains in the Alps.
Due to climate change and an increase in the temperature the snow is constantly melting away. Since 1980 it is assumed that the Alps has lost a length of 0.81 miles. According to the issue of Climatic Change published in December 2016, the snow-covered period of the alps has been reduced dramatically. The lower elevation areas of the alps don’t have snow like before, and the duration has become shorter too. The higher elevation areas are still snow-covered and in good shape but it’s not going to be the same for long.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is the second most populated place in Brazil and 6th in America. It is a happening place and is always packed with tourists due to its beautiful mountains, beaches, landscapes, and sea.
According to scientists, by 2020 the temperature of the region will increase by 1-degree Celsius causing extreme weather conditions. Heatwaves will become a common occurrence and health problems like cardiovascular, gastroenteritis and respiratory diseases along with many other infectious diseases such as leptospirosis and dengue will have its outburst.
In a few decades and most probably by the year 2080 the temperature of Rio De Janeiro will increase 3.4 degrees causing the sea level to rise to 37cm and 82 cm in the next 65 years.
Glacier National Park
In the 1800s the region used to have 150 natural glaciers, now the count has come down to 37 out of which only 25 are active. The drop in number is evident in itself what perils we have unleashed on this Earth from the past two centuries.
The Glacier National Park is known as the ‘Crown of the continent eco-system’. The park is stretched over an area of 1 million acres inhabiting 1000 different species of plants and hundreds of animal. It contains a large number of lakes, 700 smaller lakes and out of them, only 137 lakes have been named.
According to a study by the US Geological Survey and the Portland State University in 2017, the ice formations of the park is decreasing rapidly. Due to Global warming the size of the 37 glaciers has been dramatically reduced by 85%. The high degree of glacier melting can cause extreme ecological changes in the eco-system of the park. With the global temperature increasing constantly with no slowing down or change, it is not sure for how long the park can sustain itself.
Venice, the beautiful and dreamlike city situated in the northwestern part of Italy is prone to climate change as well.
A historical city with many of its parts listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
According to a report published in Quarternary International, Venice will get submerged underwater within a century. The Mediterranean sea will rise to 140cm in the next century flooding the iconic city of Venice. Due to greenhouse gas emission, global warming is increasing. If no quick and extreme measures are taken to stop the global heating then the deed is confirmed to be done.
The city of Miami of South Florida is a cultural, financial and economic centre of this place. It is also the most populated city of Florida with a population of 463347, stretched over an area of 56.6 square miles. According to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, in the next 30 years, Florida will be flooded several times, especially South Florida. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted in their report that by 2070, Miami will get flooded every single day due to climate change. In 2017 the residents of Miami voted in favour of ‘Miami Forever’ bond costing $400 million out of $192 is for measures protecting the city.
It is so far evident that global warming is causing a rise in sea levels which is, therefore, has become the prime danger for the cities situated near oceans and seas. One of which is Bali, the ultimate tourist destination. Due to over inward flow of tourist, this Indonesian city is already facing water shortage and land drying up issues. It is predicted that Bali like other beaches can get flooded due to a rise in sea levels.