9 Places To See Before They Slip Away

DEAD SEA – The giant lake’s water level has sunk more than 80 feet (25 meters) in the past 40 years due to water diversion.

KYOTO, JAPAN – As the ancient city of Kyoto goes modern, many of its traditional machiya townhouses are being lost to the wrecking ball.

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.

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA – Some scientists have predicted the park will be glacier free by 2020 due to climate change.

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.

THE EVERGLADES, FLORIDA – The low-lying ecosystem of saw grass and mangroves could be permanently altered if it’s inundated with salt water due to sea level rise in coming decades.

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