Destinations that won't be around for long anymore...
Our earth is constantly changing, but with global warming and other human influences, some things will change much faster than we may realize. We summarized some places around the world, which in a few years will not look like how we know them today.
The many small islands that make up the Maldives are beautiful: white beaches, turquoise water, colorful fish, coral and more! These islands, however, are on average only 1.3 meters above sea level and therefore many of them will sooner or later disappear underwater as the sea level continues to rise.
Venice is also threatened by water: it is rising faster than expected. The locals are experiencing this very closely in the increasing number of floods that occur every year. This is certainly also because of the big cruise ships that sail every summer through the Giudecca Canal.
Glaciers are a special natural phenomenon that can be found in almost every part of the world. Due to global warming, however, they are becoming smaller: ice crumbles, melted water runs off. There will come a time when there are no more glaciers. One of the few still healthy glaciers can be found in the south of Chile and Argentina. Although ice crumbles here, too, it grows at the same speed again. Take a glacier tour and learn about the fragility of nature.
Madagascar is a special piece of Africa: Here you will find 5% of all animal and plant species that occur on this earth. Many of these organisms are even specific to the island; however, the entire flora and fauna are threatened by imports of motor vehicles, deforestation, and illegal export. Ecotourism protects a large part of the flora and fauna because in this way money can be earned without cutting down trees. Unfortunately, this still happens though.
The Dead Sea
At a depth of 430 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest lagoon in the world and this gets even more extreme. Every year, the sea level rises by about a meter, making the surface of this particularly salty lake even smaller. One of the causes of this is that the water of the lake can no longer be supplemented by other sources of water.
Great Barrier Reef
One of the largest reefs in the world is in Australia: we're talking of course about the Great Barrier Reef. A reef that is unfortunately already massively pale. This happens mainly because of global warming, but also because of other human influences, such as the excessive use of sunscreen, which get into the water and pollute the seawater.
As you know for sure, there are many winter sport enthusiasts and therefore many people go skiing every winter in Austria, Switzerland, and Slovenia. With global warming, the glaciers are melting in the ski areas, but snow is also getting less and less. Skiing is therefore often only possible in a few places, such as above 2500 meters altitude.
Cuba was previously cut off from the rest of the world and allowed no external influences. This was the case until Fidel Castro died, but his brother Raúl Castro, as president, strengthened relations with America again. Tourists flock to the impressive country from all over the world and companies want to settle on the island. Mass tourism, especially from the US, is now lurking in Cuba.
Okay, of course, the Kilimanjaro itself will not disappear. Nonetheless, the iconic, snow-capped peaks are not out of danger. The region is getting drier, so fewer clouds protect the snow from the sun. Unfortunately, the snow still on Kilimanjaro today is only 15% of the white blanket that used to be found there.
There are, of course, many other destinations on earth that are definitely worth the trip besides these special places. Flights to these and other destinations can be found on Vayama.com!