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Disappearing Places

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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We hear this every year, and every year we pray that the headlines read a new light saying ‘HUMANKIND SAVED THE ISLANDS OR CITIES’ but we are not and we fear no news headlines will ever say that! Are we aware? Do we just not believe?! For a travelers, this is heart breaking. It is painful. What can we do to preserve these breathtaking places before it is too late?!

Maldives

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These famous paradise-looking tropical islands are well known for its white-sand beaches and they have always been one of tourists’ favorite sites. Unfortunately, the Global Warming could end the enjoyment in the 600 miles-stretching islands. As 80 percent of the country is only 3.3 feet above the sea level, the continuous rising of the ocean level turn the alarm on for the beautiful islands. With the current ocean-rising dynamics, Maldives could disappear before 2050. In 2009, the Maldives cabinet held a meeting underwater with the president Mohamed Nasheed to highlight the threat of global warming and rise in sea-level to Maldives. While underwater, they communicated through white boards and hand signals. Later a press conference was also held underwater the same day where Mohamed Nasheed passed this worth-understanding message.

If the Maldives cannot be saved today we do not feel that there is much of a chance for the rest of the world.

Bangkok

One of the busiest cities in the world and in my experience one of the craziest and most popular! Also one of the places on my map that could be slowly disappearing. According to Buzz Green, the city is already sinking due to its too heavy urbanization on its too soft underground as well as the excessive pumping of groundwater. The location also makes the city exposed to floods, especially in the monsoon season. All these factors could send Bangkok underwater before the end of this century. In 7 years they predict… more like to drown than sink! 7 YEARS! According to Thai scientist Dr. Ajong Chumsai na Ayudhya, the fate of Bangkok can best be explained by global warming. Asia News Network reports that “Ajong said humans were mainly to blame for such disasters because they were using up natural resources, chopping down forests and kept emitting greenhouse gases with no regard for the future.” Ajong also says that changes in the earth’s overall climate will lead to more severe tsunamis in the Gulf of Thailand that will have extremely negative effects on the southern portion of the country. With less than a decade to spare, time might be running out for a trip to Thailand’s most popular tourist getaway.

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Venice

It has been several hundred years since the Venetians decided to construct the towering St. Mark’s Basilica and sprawling Piazza San Marco atop submerged wooden planks and forgo roads in favor of canals. The city is slowly sinking anyway, about nine inches per 100 years Back in the day, the city’s geography made sense: Direct access to the sea was necessary in order for Venetians to maintain control of commerce on the Mediterranean Sea. But the dig for fresh water proved to have a negative impact on this fish-shaped city According to The Christian Science Monitor, Venice has sunk almost a foot over the past 100 years. To make things worse, water levels in the Mediterranean Sea are also rising. They have spent billions in euros trying to save this city from sinking, some experts claim that the only way to save the city is to move it altogether.

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New York

Much like its Thai comrade, America’s most densely populated city is doomed to suffer the effects of global warming. Sitting at the mouth of the Hudson River where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean, this concrete jungle will soon be at a much higher risk of damage from rising sea levels and imposing tropical storms.

According to Travel US News, science Daily reports that the sea levels in the New York City area are expected to rise about twice as quickly as sea levels around the world, meaning that Gotham will take the plunge well before the restof the United States. However, Science Daily says that flooding is just one of the symptoms New York will suffer: “The submersion of low-lying land, erosion of beaches, conversion of wetlands to open water and increase in the salinity of estuaries all can affect ecosystems and damage existing coastal development.” Not only will the Empire City be transformed into a wading pool, but it will slowly be washed out to sea.

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The list will sadly be updated weekly, we also know Mexico is on the list, and Australia. We heard about the River Thames too, we just need to do more research on that.

Here is a site that helps you find global warming solutions. Pictures speak of a thousand words, so if you are a scientist or environmentalist or a speaker or a reader, please have everyone know what is happening to our world. What have we done and what we can help. After all, you will need the world to help you when it crumbles down!

Thank you to Greenbuz and US Travel News

 

 

 

 

 

 

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