Our planet is home to some incredibly beautiful sights. However, climate change is threatening these travel destinations around the world. In fact, some of these are on the verge of disappearing in the next 100 years.
So, sooner than later, we must update our travel bucket list and pay these regions a visit.
1. New Orleans
Reports suggest that New Orleans faces a terrible future and could be wiped off the map by the turn of this century. This cultural abode that’s home to 400,000 people is already below sea level. Flood risks and the sinking coastline are the two most serious dangers to this beautiful city.
Located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Madagascar, Seychelles is a favourite among favourites for tourists and honeymooners. But the beautiful islands are slowly disappearing due to beach erosion and stand as a risk of completely vanishing in the next 50 to 100 years.
This pristine destination is one of the most travelled regions in the world. However, rising temperatures and dwindling rainfalls can bring an era of droughts and floods that will completely destroy this island in Hawaii.
4. The Sundarbans
The Sundarbans that are home to the largest mangrove forests in the world, are now facing the threats of pollution, deforestation, and dependence on fossil fuels. These combined factors are making sea levels rise that are eroding the precious coastline of this forest that also houses several endangered species of animals.
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5. Swiss Alps
Experts believe that the Alps will completely disappear between 2030 and 2050. The average temperature is rising and glaciers are slowly melting. This change in climate has led to lesser snowfall in the region and an increase in the number of summer days.
Due to climate change, experts now believe that the forests of Madagascar will disappear in the next 35 years. The region, that is dependent on small-scale farming and fishing, has already witnessed severe droughts and floods that are taking a toll on the rural folk.
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7. New York
The Eastern seaboard will be hit with severer storms in future, like the superstorm and hurricane, Sandy. If this happens, the city’s subways will give away and life – which never stands still in New York – will be disrupted once and for all.
8. The Maldives
The Maldives is the lowest-lying country on the planet. Rising sea levels threaten to wipe away everything that makes Maldives, Maldives – stunning beaches, colourful coral, deep blue seas, and gorgeous landscapes.
The hustle and bustle of Miami will soon disappear as experts suggest more frequent and stronger hurricanes to hit the place in near future. As the sea level rises, Miami’s sewage system will go for a toss and South Beach will find itself underwater.
10. Virginia Beach
After New Orleans, it is the stunning coastline of Virginia Beach that may disappear in the next 50 years. It is, in fact, the most susceptible region to rising sea levels in the United States. Retreating shorelines will threaten oceanfront resorts and restaurants and neighbourhoods will permanently end up underwater.
Venice has already been sinking for a few years now and before it disappears forever, one must get that gondola ride checked off the list. The floods have become more severe and there is no stopping the rate at which this beautiful city is sinking.
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12. Machu Picchu
This wonder of the world attracts millions of tourists every year where the permissible limit – as set by UNESCO and Peru – is 2,500 visitors only. Unless more regulations are put in place and this influx is controlled, Machu Pichu will fall under the burdens of landslides and erosion.
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13. The Galapagos Island
The global climate is expected to warm further by 2 to 6 degrees Celsius in the next century. This will adversely impact the Galapagos Island that will experience stronger and more frequent El Niño phenomena. This, in turn, will threaten the region’s marine and terrestrial biodiversity, ecosystems, and the human settlements.
14. The Dead Sea
In the last 40 years, the Dead Sea has shrunk by 80 feet and reduced in size by one-third. The sea faces the threat of vanishing into oblivion, in the next 50 years, if the surrounding countries do not stop sourcing water from River Jordan.
15. The Taj Mahal
One of the most breathtaking wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal faces a frightening future due to rising temperatures and excessive pollution. Experts believe that the Taj could collapse in the coming years if these threats are not combated soon.
We, as the people of this planet, have to fight climate change together. It’s the sort of terrorism that will destroy all that we have built and worked for. It is slowly destroying our present and will completely ruin our children’s future. We can’t and shouldn’t let that happen.
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