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Saturday, August 22, 2009
-5 Tourist Attractions Affected by Global Warming-
Global warming is leaving its mark on the frozen lands of Alaska and tourists from all around the world are gathering there to watch it at work. Glaciers are crumbling into the water, the tundra is melting and the wildlife is trying to adjust to all the changes. Alaska is a preview of what’s going to happen soon if we don’t start taking things more seriously.
Polar bears are now an endangered species because they simply can’t cope with the climate changes, they’re simply not built to withstand such an increase in temperature. Food is harder to come-by and the melting ice caps cause them to drown.
Glacier National Park:
Glacier National Park in Montana, USA is in danger of losing all its glaciers by 2030 scientist predict. Some of the park’s glaciers have melted to less than half their original size while other, smaller ones have melted completely.
Just so you can better understand how serious the problem is, you should know that in 1850 there were 150 glaciers in Glacier National Park, only 35 exist today
Carribbean coral Reef:
Many coral reefs have already been destroyed because of global warming and things aren’t looking too good for the surviving ones. Carbon dioxide is absorbed by ocean water just like it is absorbed in fizzy drinks, making it more acidic and rendering corals unable to calcify their skeletons.
Marine specialists say corals and the species that inhabit them could be extinct by 2050 if a practical solution to global warming isn’t found really soon.
Often called the most beautiful mountain in the world, Kilimajaro may lose its beautiful white cap. The data gathered in recent years shows that the glacier on top of Africa’s highest mountain will disappear in the next 10 years. The people living at the base of Kilimanjaro will suffer greatly since they depend on the melting ice flowing down the mountain.
Aerial photos prove that ever since the global warming problem has become a real issue, a massive amount of ice, from the Kilimanjaro glacier, has been lost.
One of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, the Maldives is a tropical paradise that will soon disappear if the carbon dioxide emissions continue at the present rate. Scientists say that in roughly 100 years the 1,200 islands archipelago will be swallowed up by the Indian Ocean unless the world’s governments can find a way to fight global warming.
The Maldives are very low lands, the highest of the islands lies just 7.8 feet above the level of the ocean, making them very vulnerable to the rising sea levels. The locals will soon start to artificially raise some areas, but this is just a short term measure, in the long run they will probably be forced to abandon their homes and relocate.