SOLOMON ISLANDS – Black-tipped reef sharks swarm Tetapare, the largest uninhabited tropical island in the Southern Hemisphere. So far, the island has been spared the fate of many of the Solomon Islands, which “are being ravaged by rampant logging,” according to Conservation International amphibian expert Robin Moore.
BHUTAN – The Buddhist country has to strike a balance between tourism and historic traditions. The more visitors the get, the more difficult it is to achieve that balance. Because of ways the country is changing, and the way it’s opening up to tourism … now is the time to see Bhutan.
ATLANTIC FOREST, SOUTH AMERICA – Due to an expansion of logging and agriculture, the forest is now less than 7 percent its original size, and exists mainly as isolated patches, some less than 6 acres (24 hectares).
MOUNT KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA – They’ve been around for at least 10,000 years, but Mount Kilimanjaro’s glaciers have shrunk by 80 percent in roughly the past century. The combined impact of global warming and changes in land use have likely contributed to glacial decline on Africa’s tallest mountain.
MALDIVES – The lowest-lying country on Earth is among the most threatened by potential sea level rise, which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates could total up to 23 inches (60 centimeters) by 2099. Only 200 of the country’s 1,192 small islands are inhabited. That number could fall further if sea level rise accelerates in the Indian Ocean, particularly around the low-lying capital of Male, experts say.
source : National Geographic