10 destinations that may vanish due to climate change
Some of the world's most stunning destinations are facing the brunt of climate change Photograph: (Others)
From glaciers to well-structured cities, some of these stunning places are facing the brunt of climate change and may go on to completely fade away from the face of Earth.
Great Barrier Reef
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This reef visible from outer space has been facing environmental challenges in the form of rising ocean temperature and increasing acid pollution. Some level of bleaching may also contribute to the fading away of the Great Barrier Reef in the next 100 years.
An archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian ocean, the Seychelles, may soon vanish due to beach erosion.
The Alps are famous for skiing and other snow sports. Since they sit at a lower latitude than other mountain ranges like the Rocky mountains, they are at a greater risk of shrinking owing to climate change.
Heralded as one of the most-visited glaciers of North America, Athabasca glaciers are losing over five metres of ice every year. The glacier which has already retreated significantly is under threat of complete disappearance.
Known for its blue lagoons and beaches, Maldives is a traveller’s paradise. This picturesque island nation is, however, the lowest-lying country in the world, which makes it susceptible to be completely submerged under water within 100 years.
Known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, the city of Venice, Italy, has been sinking for years. The recent severe floods are adding to the woes of this city of canals, which is already in ruins.
Glacier National Park
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Montana’s Glacier National Park, which comprised over 150 glaciers in 1910 is left with less than 25 glaciers now. It is at a great risk of losing all its glaciers in the next 15 years.
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The deepest hypersaline lake bordering Jordan and Israel has sunk 80 feet and shrunk by a third. Dead Sea’s only water source is river Jordan. If the water from river Jordan is continued to be used, the Dead Sea faces the threat of disappearing within 15 years.
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Due to its low elevation and severe tropical storms, Bangladesh is vulnerable to the threats imposed by climate change. Rising seas and major shifts in river flow due to Himalayan glacial melts may lead to flooding of the coastal nation.
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India’s best-known monument, the grand Taj Mahal, has been facing a major threat from pollution. According to a report compiled by India’s National Environment Engineering Research Institute in 2010, the protective measures taken have also failed. While the monument may not disappear, it wouldn't be the same in the next few years.
(Contributions by Ashna Mishra)