Global warming is real and it’s here to take away some of the most incredible places on earth. From islands in the Indian ocean and breathtaking coral reefs to cities in Europe and our favorite skiing resorts.
Global warming is not about extending our tanning season longer. It’s about burning down forests, melting our mountains, and draining our seas. Many of the most beautiful places might never be the same or disappear entirely in the near future.
Keep scrolling to see 11 places that will disappear in the next 100 years due to global warming. You might want to book your flights ASAP.
1. Seychelles, Indian Ocean
Seychelles, an island republic in the western Indian Ocean, contains about 115 islands with lush tropical vegetation, fantastic coral gardens, and beautiful beaches with turquoise warm waters and white sands. Located 932 miles from mainland Africa, this tropical paradise is a dream honeymoon.
Unfortunately, A 2016 study published in Nature says sea levels will likely rise five or six feet by 2100, therefore, making this heaven on earth disappear in the next 50 to 100 years.
2. The Maldives, Indian Ocean
If your dream honeymoon is to stay in some of the iconic overwater bungalows you should hurry up. This Indian Ocean pearl, which is luring tourists from all over the world with its deep blue shallow lagoons and live coral reefs, sits just 1.8 meters above sea level making this country the lowest in the world.
If global warming continues, by the mid-21st century this destination certainly will suffer from extensive coastal erosion, reef damage, and lack of fresh water.
A report from the Maldives’ Ministry of Environment, Energy, and Water says that in the worst-case scenario, in 2100 the archipelago could be completely submerged.
3. Stonehenge, England
Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. The mysterious Neolithic monument in Wiltshire, England, built 5,000 years ago, has drawn curious tourists for centuries. But global warming could put an end to it.
The UN, which declared the monument a UNESCO World Heritage site, said that “increasingly extreme weather, including storms and flooding,” could significantly damage Stonehenge in the coming years.
“Of most concerns for Stonehenge are increasing rainfall amounts, more extreme rainfall events and worsening floods,” a 2016 UN report stated. “Flash floods can result in damage through gullying and wetter conditions are also expected to increase the impact of visitors walking on the site.”
4. The Dead Sea, Jordan
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Negev Desert. It’s 430.5 meters (1412 feet) below sea level. It is a majestic and mysterious looking lake of light turquoise waters with salt crystals jutting out of it.
The saline water of the lake gives the lead to the name because no fish can survive in there. The other result of the salty water is its renowned health and healing water treatments and the unique feature that one can float naturally in them.
This popular tourist destination is shrinking right before our very eyes at an alarming rate of around four whole feet a year. It’s because of increasing temperatures and due to people diverting water from the Jordan River to use as drinking water.
If global warming continues, the mystical Dead Sea will be completely disappeared by 2050, experts said. If you want to experience a surreal feeling floating over water – hurry up.
5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is not a fictional place in the animated movie, it’s a kingdom of samba rhythms and colorful carnivals.
The bustling city of Rio de Janeiro has been one of Brazil’s most popular and frequented tourist destinations for decades. Its vibrant city center is bursting with culture and pulsating with a deep sense of history and heritage.
One of the draws of Rio de Janeiro is its beautiful beaches like Copacabana. Sadly, Copacabana and other famous beaches, together with Rio airports and Barra de Tijuca, neighborhood which hosted the 2016 Olympic Games will be flooded by 2100 if the global temperature rises by just 3 degrees Celsius.
6. The Amazon, South America
South America’s Amazon contains nearly a third of all the tropical rainforests left on Earth. Amazon stretches across 5.5 million square kilometers/2.1 million square miles. That’s an area far more extensive than the EU and more than half of the US.
Despite covering only around 1% of the planet’s surface, the Amazon is home to 10% of all the wildlife species we know about – and probably a lot that we don’t know yet. Its river accounts for 15-16% of the world’s total river discharge into the oceans.
However, despite the amount of life in this wondrous ecosystem, climate change is shaking its very foundations. Higher temperatures have brought on extreme droughts, therefore trees are drying up and encouraging forest fires.
Amazon continues to suffer from the damning effects of global warming. Scientists have pointed out that if this drought continues, trees are in danger of dying and the world’s largest rainforest will be devastated.
7. Venice, Italy
Romantic Venice is in almost every bucket list. It is located in the Veneto region of Italy. The city was originally built on 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea. Instead of roads, Venice relies on a series of waterways and canals.
Waterfront palazzos, palaces, and stunning architecture make drifting down the Grand Canal feel like cruising through a painting. But for how long?
The Iconic masterpiece faces a serious danger of being flooded within a century. If based on current greenhouse gas emissions, the world’s oceans do in fact rise five or six feet by 2100, then that’s the year most of Venice will disappear underwater.
8. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with breathtaking beauty. The world’s largest coral reef stretches over 344,400 square kilometers – the size of Japan. Furthermore, it is the only living thing on Earth that’s visible from space.
The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.
However, according to scientists, this precious natural marvel is already dying due to rising water temperatures. 30% of corals have died in past years and almost 60 % of the reef may be lost by 2030.
9. Glaciers of the Alps
The Alps formed when two large tectonic plates slowly collided, pushing up the ground over tens of millions of years, creating some of the highest peaks in Europe. Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, and Switzerland each offer an assortment of winter and summer sports, National Parks, and scenic tours on this legendary mountain range arcing 750 miles from Genoa to Vienna.
It’s home to some of the world-famous skiing resorts, scenic snow-capped peaks, and enviable Instagram pics.
But things have been heating up, literally. Today the glaciers of Alps are melting faster than ever. Global warming is causing the world’s glaciers to shrink five times faster than they were in the 1960s. Every year Alps loses 3% of glacial ice.
Scientists have pronounced that ice sheets could certainly disappear by 2050 if Climat change continues.
10. French Polynesia, Pacific Ocean
Tahiti and Bora Bora are the most well known French Polynesian islands, because of their picture-perfect beaches and romantic ambiance. Indeed, these islands are ideal for handholding, with their lush landscapes and mood-setting features like lagoons and grottos.
Sadly, because of global warming, this tropical destination is faced with severely rising sea levels that might result in massive drowning of low-lying islands before the end of the century.
The Pacific nation of French Polynesia is looking for a potential lifeline as global warming takes hold. In January 2017, it became the first country to sign an agreement to deploy the floating islands off its coast.
11. Glacier National Park, Montana
Known as the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park encompasses more than one million acres of terrain.
Glacier, a beloved park in northwestern Montana, takes its name from the many glaciers and glacial forces that shaped its rugged topography over two million years.
While the scenic beauty of this national park is undeniable, its glaciers have not fared well because of rising global temperatures. Scientists estimate that 124 of the original 150 glaciers in the park have already disappeared—melted and gone forever. The worst news is that it seems it’s too late to save the remaining glaciers. Scientists predict that in 2030 all the park’s glaciers will be gone.