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We all have our bucket lists, our catalogue of things we want to see, do and accomplish before we ‘kick the bucket’. However, it seems that a mixture of global warming, mass tourism and human interference may make it impossible for us to realise some of our travel dreams.
If you’re struggling for travel inspiration, below we have collated a list of the top 10 places to visit before it’s too late;
Venice – Venice is a truly remarkable place; but unfortunately ‘the floating city’ is quickly losing its buoyancy. Venice has been slowly sinking over the last 100 years, however rising sea levels mean that the city is facing more and more serious floods, and sinking quicker than expected.
Taj Mahal – The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful and prominent manmade structures in the world, the building is encased in marble and jewels, and took 21 years to complete. However, mass tourism over the years and pollution mean that officials may have to close the building, to preserve its beauty and structural integrity.
The Poles – When we hear global warming, most immediately think about the melting ice caps. The North and South Poles are absolutely stunning places, with pristine beauty and amazing wildlife. However, global warming is causing these places to melt, destroying habitats, killing animals and making the sea levels rise.
Great Barrier Reef – The world’s largest coral reef is under threat from pollution, global warming and natural disasters. The reef, which is currently visible from space, is slowly being bleached, attacked and destroyed a little more every year. It is home to hundreds of species of coral and marine wildlife – so make sure you visit before it disappears.
Dead Sea – The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth, and famous for making swimmers float because of the high concentration of salt. However, the lake has been slowly shrinking, because its water supply from the River Jordan is compromised for drinking water. If nothing is done, the Dead Sea will disappear.
Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain is extremely popular with travellers because it doesn’t require any specialist training or equipment to climb most of it. However, now Mount Kilimanjaro’s snowy peaks and glaciers are beginning to shrink at a fast pace, because of global warming and use of the land.
Maldives – The Maldives are known for their beautiful coral reefs, amazing fish and stunning beaches. However, they are also known as the world’s ‘lowest nation’, so rising sea levels are a real and dangerous threat to these beautiful islands.
Madagascar – Only around 16% of the island’s forests remain because of logging, and Madagascar’s unique wildlife is being poached and their habitats destroyed. If you want to visit the world’s fourth largest island, do it soon!
Galapagos Islands – Unfortunately mass tourism is destroying the fragile ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands. Home to thousands of animals, the island is being pushed to its limits by hundreds of thousands of visitors, who bring pollution and smuggle animals. We aren’t advising you to be one of the masses, just to be a responsible tourist!
Tetepare – Tetepare Island is part of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, and seems more like fantasy than reality. The pristine island has been left mainly untouched as the world’s ‘last wild island’, with stunning beaches, rainforest, reefs and wildlife. So far the island has been left alone, however in the future it could be ravaged for its resources.
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