According to the data, combined by the environmental website, there are at least ten famous sights every traveler should see before they eventually vanish from the earth because of the major climate changes.
Glacier National Park
The number one, picked by The Mother Nature Network, is Glacier National Park in Montana. Reports show that during the last century the number of glaciers has decreased from 150 to 27, resulting in severe and life threatening conditions for plants and animals which owe their existence to cold weather.
Located near the Arctic Ocean, the Alaskan North Slope Coastal Tundra is famous for breathtaking landscapes and rich wildlife. Many of the grasses, flowers and berries owe their existence to Alaska’s permafrost. But global warming with its constantly rising temperatures may excessively damage its ecosystem resulting in major ice melting.
The second on the list is Venice, Italy’s beautiful capital. Due to the frequent floods, scientists believe that the city is going to sink into the water at least five times faster than it was expected. Hence with the threat of going under water, Venice, founded in the 5th century, is believed to be in a very dangerous situation.
The Great Barrier Reef
Situated on the north-eastern coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef followed the Venice to the third position. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered the largest coral reef ecosystem with over 400 different types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and around 4,000 types of mollusk. However it is now in a great danger due to many impacts such as ocean acidification, rising sea temperatures and levels.
The largest desert in the world is growing at a rate of 0.5 miles per month, which is a great number, meaning it can engulf the whole territory of Northern Africa, bringing noticeable changes into the climate and environment of a continent.
Luxurious country with white-sand beaches and incredible underwater world is about to become the first nation consumed by the ocean due to the notorious global warming. As Maldives is the lowest-lying country in the world with the maximum natural ground of less than 3 meters and only 1.5 meters above the sea level.
Patagonia, located in the South America, is popular with its wild and rugged land, stunning landscapes and unique wildlife. Unfortunately, all this beauty could be soon altered by the climate change. The rising temperatures and decreasing amount of rains are causing many of its glaciers to melt very fast. Although this place is unlikely to vanish entirely, its landscapes might look nothing like they are now if the global warming continues.
The seventh in the list is Bangladesh, a mix of rich history, panoramic beauties, unique flora and fauna and exciting culture. Apart from being an absolutely amazing tourist destination, this place is situated in the perfect position for all frightening climatic conditions. Floods, tropical cyclones, tornadoes and tidal bores, occurring here almost every year, cause tragic consequences.
Just like Africa’s Sahara, desertification threatens South Australia. As the water supplies across the whole territory steadfastly decreasing, the dry landscape with permanent wildfires brings severe damage to agriculture, wildlife and settlements nearby.
Pure air, clean water, winter sports and amazing views make millions of tourists each year head off to the Alps in winter to enjoy one of the greatest ski resorts in the world. Little of us know that the scientists predict the famed glaciers to disappear by 2050 as their low location makes them prone to the effects of global warming.
According to the above-mentioned information, the time is running out. So if you have any of those destinations on your travel bucket list, it is just the right moment to start packing your bags!