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Stunning places which may disappear soon
Posted on 01/06/2017

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Our planet is a beautiful place filled with millions of species and a stunning range of landscapes, from bright sandy beaches to the secret wildernesses of the snow capped mountains. But, unless world leaders act now to address global warming, these places won't be here forever. Official estimates predict that temperatures will have risen to 6C by 2100, so make these locations a priority before it's too late.

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  • The Dead Sea
    The Dead Sea

    The famous attraction is dwindling into nothing, having shrunk by a third with water levels dropping by some 30 feet in the last 40 years. Mining and water diversion from the river Jordan (the sea's only water source), are at the heart of the problem with more than 2 billion gallons of water being lost each year.

  • The Great Barrier Reef
    The Great Barrier Reef

    If snorkeling and seeing the vast array of tropical fish along the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, better do it sooner rather than later as it will be gone in less than 100 years. Nearly half the coral is already dead after an unprecedented back to back severe bleaching in both 2016 and 2017. Mass bleaching is a phenomenon where the coral is damaged and can die which is caused by rising sea temperatures.

  • Seychelles
    Seychelles

    This collection of 115 islands grouped in the Indian Ocean is home to around 90,000 citizens and is a firm favorite amongst the elite for building their luxury resorts. It is a postcard perfect destination with white sandy beaches dotted with palm trees and crystal clear turquoise waters. However, this paradise may not exist for much longer, erosion due to rising sea levels means that in around 50-100 years the majority of the islands will be submerged.

  • Amazon Rainforest
    Amazon Rainforest

    Nicknamed 'the lungs of the Earth', the Amazon rainforest produces about 20% of the planets oxygen. It is home to a vast and complex ecosystem but it is slowly being destroyed. Over the past 40 years, 20% has been cut down, mostly to make way for areas dedicated to animal farming. Indeed, according to official estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of The United Nations, 70% of deforestation in the Amazon is due to beef production.

  • Maldives
    Maldives

    Located on average at just over 5ft above sea level, this tropical nation of over 1,000 coral islands is at the frontline of climate change. Rising sea levels pose a real threat and the government is investing in geoengineering as well as building new fortified islands to relocate displaced citizens.

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