Climate Change: The tourist destinations that could disappear

Climate Change: The tourist destinations that could disappear if sea levels rise by 1 metre

Earlier this year, a report from researchers at The University of Copenhagen suggests that Sea levels will rise an extra 25% on top of the IPCC’s original prediction of 0.43m to 0.84m, by 2100.

Sea level rise will affect the entire global population in one way or another. Whether it’s the livelihoods of communities in low-lying floodplains, the food procurement process, or global transport networks, sea-level rise will continue to threaten millions of people worldwide.

Specifically, the world of tourism is at risk of rising sea levels. Scientists, experts, and government officials have outlined the extreme risk of flooding in some of these places and that even some of these destinations could simply disappear. The increased threat of sea-level rise also will severely impact the communities that facilitate tourism in these holidaying hotspots.

To put this into perspective, the team at Money.co.uk has created several posters reimagining how some of the world’s most popular holiday destinations could look by 2100, if sea levels continue to rise dramatically.

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Earth Hour: Virtual Spotlight

Over the years, the lights-off moment saw entire streets, buildings, landmarks, and city skylines go dark – an unmissable sight that drew public attention to nature loss and the climate crisis. 

This year – amidst the current global circumstances – in addition to switching off your lights, we also invite you to raise awareness and create the same unmissable sight online, so that the world sees our planet, the issues we face, and our place within it, in a new light.

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The Problem with Consumerism [Videos]

In 2009, South Korea did something remarkable. The country poured 2% of its GDP, some $38.1 billion, into environmental projects, hoping to create one million green jobs over the next  five years. The goal was to spur growth in a slumping economy while simultaneously creating a low carbon society. In one sense, the plan worked. South Korea’s economic system did eventually recover, but in a more important sense, the plan failed. From 2009 to 2014, Korea’s emissions rose 11.8%. So, despite massive investments in clean energy, railway expansion, and energy efficiency, South Korea’s emissions still climbed.

So what happened? Why didn’t South Korea’s green growth strategy work? The video below (by Our Changing Climate) will answer that question and more in order to understand one of the insidious spectres that haunts the green energy revolution: consumption.

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7 Visualisations that demonstrate How we Humans are Destroying Earth

World population is growing at a rapid rate across the globe and according to a recent prediction by the UN, the global population will approximately be 10 billion by 2050. Whilst we are aware of its socio-economic repercussions like poverty, inequality, hunger, malnutrition, unemployment, lack of education and healthcare, it is important to understand that the aforementioned will take a huge toll on our planet’s natural resources. The most obvious implication of such a population explosion is deforestation to accommodate the rising population, which in turn can have a huge negative impact on biodiversity and ecological balance.

The production of greenhouse gasses by burning fossil fuel is causing “global warming” which is evident as the average temperature of air and oceans has significantly gone up. It has resulted in a disruption of the natural pattern of rainfall causing flooding and drought in the same region during the same year.

Unless we take notice of the developments and try to make amendments in our ways to lower our carbon footprint, the planet might look quite different soon. Check out this infographic from DPACK that lists 7 visualizations that elaborate how we humans are destroying the planet.

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