Climate change and global warming have been causing deterioration of various places across the globe. While we don’t notice how these factors affect us directly, they’re damaging all the places we probably have on our travel wish list. A few months ago, Indian photographer Arjun Menon traveled to the south pole to change the way the world is currently dealing with climate change. In fact, in May 2016, the youngest Indian to scale the Everest, Arjun Vajpai, scaled Mount Makalu for raising awareness about the climate change. From the the snowbound glaciers in the US and the stunning islands of Maldives to the rainforests of the Congo and the Swiss Alps, several travel destinations across the globe have depleted to such an extent that they might completely perish in the next few decades. Here is a list of eight such places to see around the world before they disappear. ALSO READ 10 least visited countries on the planet Also Read - How Kiran Kumar Beat COVID-19 at 67: Social Distancing is Necessary, Not Social Boycotting
1. Glacier National Park
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The Glacier National Park is located in USA on the border it shares with Canada. In the early 1900s, the Glacier National Park was home to a collection of over 150 glaciers. As of 2005 only 27 of them have survived. The remaining glaciers are expected to melt within the next 20 years. Also Read - Unlock 1 in Tamil Nadu: No Religious Places Will Open Before June 30, Says Chief Minister
2. The Congo Basin
Spread across more than 1.3 million square miles, the Congo Basin is home to the world’s second largest rainforest (after Amazon). Research has proven that by approximately 2040, the rainforest will be reduced to less than two thirds of its size. Each year over 10 million acres of land is lost to illegal mining, farming and local militia. The Congo rainforest is spread across seven countries: Burundi, Angola, Rwanda, Central African Republic, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and is home to over 80 per cent unique flora, fauna and wildlife. Less than one per cent of the forests of Madagascar have survived so far. Studies show that Madagascar will lose most of its forests in the next 35 years. This will lead to the extinction of various wildlife species like the lemurs that Madagascar is known for.
4. The Alps
Since the Swiss Alps are located on a lower altitude in comparison to the Rocky Mountains, the Alps are more likely to be affected by global warming. Over 20 per cent of the glaciers of the Alps have disappeared in the last 25 years alone. The average temperature of the region has shot up to twice of what it was a couple of centuries ago
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5. The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is the world’s saltiest water body. In the last five decades, the lake has sunk 80 ft deeper. The Jordan River, its only source of water, has been exploited for water over the years. Since the water levels have been reducing by four ft each year, in the next 50 years, the Dead Sea will be left dry.
Venice is one of the most famous cities in the world. Located in Italy, it is considered to be a romantic destination that finds its way on top of several people’s travel wish list. For decades, Venice has faced excessive recurring flooding. Along with global warming, the 27 million travelers who visit Venice each year have been contributing to the fall of Venice. In the last century, Venice has sunk by nine inches. The city is estimated to survive for just over five decades.
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7. The Great Barrier Reef
Coral bleaching has been a problem the Great Barrier Reef has been facing for quite some time now. (ALSO READ The Great Barrier Reef is in danger) Located on the Australian coast, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral spread across 347,800 sq km. Various natural phenomena like earthquakes and cyclone contribute to the deteriorating condition of the corals. The Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing on earth which is visible from space! Though it took over 8,000 years for this stunning wonder to form fully, close to 60 per cent of these corals are estimated to perish in the next three decades. And if you’ve always dreamed of snorkelling or scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, we hope it’s not your retirement plan.
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8. The Maldives
With most of its islands located just about one meter above sea level, Maldives is the one country that is most vulnerable to rising sea levels. It is estimated that by the end of the 21st century the rising sea levels will leave close to 50 per cent of its 1200 islands uninhabitable! So if you’re planning a trip to the Maldives, make it quick!
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