Destinations that won't be the same for long anymore...
Our earth is constantly changing, but with global warming and other human interference, some things will change much faster than we may realize. We summarised 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! However, these are on average only 1.3 meters above sea level and therefore many of the islands of the Maldives will sooner or later disappear underwater as the sea level continues to rise.
Venice is also threatened by the rising level of water which is faster than expected. The locals are experiencing this very closely in the increasing number of floods that occur every year. This is certainly also partly caused by the giant cruise ships that pass through the Giudecca Canal every summer.
Glaciers are special natural phenomenon that can be found in almost every part of the world. However due to global warming, the giant size of glaciers are shrinking as the ice are melting 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.
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 is threatened by the imports of motor vehicles, deforestation and illegal exports. 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 interference, such as the excessive use of sunscreen, which get into the water and the pollution of 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 each season. Skiing is therefore often only possible in a few places, such as above 2500 meters altitude.
Okay, of course, the Kilimanjaro itself will not disappear. However, 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 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 BudgetAir Australia!