Blink and you’ll miss it – every year millions of vacationers dream of finding Nemo, going on Safari, and trekking through the rainforest , but climate change and urbanization threaten to take these away from us. Shocking to think that such iconic sites such as the Great Barrier Reef and Venice are going the way of the dodo due to our actions.
These Are The Top 10 Places To Visit Before They Disappear
The famous city could soon be submerged thanks to a significant increase in floods. Thought the city has been slowly sinking for years. You’d better start planning that romantic gateway quick because in 70 years the historic city may disappear.
At just 1.5 meter above sea level, the Maldives is the lowest lying country in the world making it the number one victim of rising sea level. With water rising by 0.9 cm every year, it’s highly likely that the country will be completely uninhabitable in the next 100 years.
3. The Dead Sea
If you’re hoping to cure your aches and pains in the famous healing water of the Dead Sea you may only have until 2065 to do so. Just two-thirds the size it was 40 years ago and dropping by 1.2 meter every year the ancient sea is diminishing.
4. The Amazon Rainforest
As much as 14,000 square km area is being secretly removed from the Amazon rainforest each year. While much of the area is cleared for framing and grazing, another 15,500 square km are removed annually through smuggling of high-profit wood. Since the 1900s over 90 tribes have been destroyed. If the destruction continues we may have just 50 years before the world’s biggest rainforest disappears.
5. The Great Wall Of China
One of China’s greatest landmarks , the Great Wall Of China has lost two-thirds of its length thanks to years of decay. It has been smashed through to make room for new highways and locals have removed stones to use in their own homes and in 2009 miners even knocked holes in it while prospecting for gold. With 50% of the wall already completely eradicated, today only 20% of the structure is in reasonable condition.
Over 80% of Madagascar’s flora and fauna can be found nowhere else on earth. Yet this hasn’t stopped us from destroying nearly 260,000 square kilometers of forest through illegal logging and burning land for farming. Only 51,700 square kilometers area remain. If nothing is done to protect the island, the forest will have disappeared within the next 35 years.
7. The Magdalen Islands
Situated in Quebec , the Magdalen Islands pictureque cliff faces are being eradicated by fierce winds. Which are chipping away 100 cm of the cliff face every year. The island is currently protected by an ice cover that obstructs storm waves and fierce winds. However, scientists estimate that thanks to the rising temperatures the island can wave goodbye to its primary defence within next 75 years.
8. Glacier National Park
Once home to nearly 150 glaciers, Montana’s Glacier National Park has been hit by rising temperature which have eradicated all but 25 of them and by 2020 even these too could have melted away. Home to the Stonefly insect, which isn’t found anywhere else on Earth. If the glacier continue to disappear so will this incredibly rare creature. This in turn will destroy food chain and cause irreparable damage to entire ecosystem.
9. North Africa
The world’s biggest desert, the African Sahara is threatening to become even bigger.Expanding at a rate of 800 meters per month the desertification of the continent has been caused by a combination of unsustainable agricultural practices and rising temperatures. This transformation could have enormous repercussions, with up to 50 million people displaced from their homes over the next 10 years.
10. The Great Barrier Reef
Each year 1.6 million adventurous travelers flock to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in a bid to find Nemo for themselves. Increased water temperature has bleached the coral white, leaving it weak and unable to fight disease. Although today we can still see the 344,400 square kilometers of coral from space. By 2100 it could have disappeared altogether.