The past eight years have been the hottest on record, and 2022 is likely to continue. Climate scientists say climate change, with average temperatures continuing to rise, has increased the likelihood of these brutal temperatures and extreme weather events occurring more frequently around the world.
Extreme weather events such as heatwaves and floods can destroy lives and livelihoods and cause the evacuation of entire communities. But even those of us who live in countries less affected by climate change, we know that our lives will be shaped by global warming in the years to come, including in ways we haven’t yet foreseen. You will notice
One area that will undoubtedly be affected by rising temperatures is travel. The preference for greener modes of transportation, such as trains and electric vehicles, over carbon-intensive air travel is sure to grow over time.
Not only the way we travel, but also the places we visit can change as a result of climate change. Honeymoon hotspots such as the Maldives and Fiji have already been hit hard by rising sea levels, while popular European vacation destinations such as Spain and France are battling wildfires caused by heat waves and droughts. I’m here.
This week, we take a look at the destinations most likely to be impacted by global warming in the next few years and what efforts are being made to protect such vulnerable destinations. .
The destination people most wanted to visit in 2021 (according to Club Med research) aims to welcome 1.6 million tourists this year, more than triple the population of around 500,000 . But climate change “could make whole countries disappear off the map entirely,” he told ABC News.
As the world’s lowest country, rising sea levels due to global climate change pose an ‘existence threat’ to the Indian Ocean archipelago, which consists of more than 1,100 coral reef islands. This is occurring more frequently and violently, coupled with the threat of monsoons and tropical storms. “They are exaggerating natural coastal erosion and doing it much more rapidly,” explained Sky News.
About 80% of ABC’s to-do list could be uninhabitable by 2050, according to a NASA and U.S. Geological Survey report.
At last year’s Cop26 climate summit, the Maldives’ special envoy for climate change, Sabra Nordine, said steps had been taken to increase the country’s resilience. But she added, “Emergency measures require a lot of money, which the Maldives and many other small island nations don’t have.”
Condé Nast Traveler wrote, “It’s ‘impossible’ to walk through Venice without being seduced by its anachronistic charm. The Adriatic Sea passes through the canals…the romance of the serenade of the gondolier floating under the Bridge of Sighs.”
However, Italy’s low-lying cities are under threat as a result of rising sea levels. Just three years ago, Venice suffered its worst ever flooding, with water levels reaching 187 cm, submerging more than 80% of the city and causing millions of euros in damage.
The city has also suffered from unseasonable flooding this summer. Yahoo! News said it was caused by “a combination of factors exacerbated by climate change, from rising sea levels and extreme storm surges to land subsidence that has pushed down the ground in cities.”
Condé Nast Traveler magazine says activists are “taking on the challenge” and “investing in advanced locks and other technology to curb the impending swell.” But the Moses Seawall, launched in 2020, was not enough to protect the city from the June floods.
Spanning eight countries, European mountain ranges have long provided winter sports enthusiasts with “the most popular slopes in the world,” according to Condé Nast Traveler magazine. But thanks to rising temperatures, the winter sports season is shrinking.
Satellite data showed earlier this summer that the effects of climate change in the Alps are so pronounced that they can be seen from space. A Swiss scientist was able to demonstrate that nearly 80% of his area has increased above-tree vegetation and reduced snow cover.
With the off-season getting longer each year, resorts are trying to lure off-season visitors with “spa treatments and outdoor activities like horseback riding and tennis.” News site Grid says it is investigating whether it can provide “a blanket of sorts” that protects against
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef (GBR), described by UNESCO as a ‘place of extraordinary diversity and beauty on Australia’s northeast coast’, is the world’s most extensive ecosystem, covering 348,000 square kilometers and a depth of Over 2,000 meters.
According to greatbarrierreef.org, more than 2 million people visit the GBR each year, with tourism generating around A$6 billion (£3.45 billion) in the Australian economy annually and over 60,000 full-time jobs.
Over the years, however, global warming has caused coral bleaching, a condition in which brightly colored corals turn white, and ocean acidification, reducing the ability of corals to build skeletons and form reefs. Also, the GBR is increasingly exposed to adverse weather conditions such as cyclones, floods, and storms, causing significant damage.
Various initiatives are underway to help protect the future of coral reefs, including the Sea-quence project, which aims to unlock the genetic secrets of GBR corals and understand what they can do to adapt to changing environments. is.
According to The Telegraph, Spain’s Mallorca island is “ideal for relaxing beach holidays, enjoying outdoor sports and gastronomic holidays”. It was voted the most popular destination for British holidaymakers, ahead of Disneyland Paris. With its “rugged coastline, sandy beaches and crystal clear sapphire waters”, it’s no surprise that it has long maintained its reputation as “her one of the jewels of the Mediterranean”.
However, according to German news site DW, in recent years rising sea levels have “swallowed” beaches and “dramatically altered” the island’s coastal landscape. For example, Estrenc Beach “now he is 40 meters shorter than before”. “If global warming continues as predicted, more Majorcan beaches will disappear into the sea.”
The island had a “record number of visitors” this summer, and the disappearance of the beach wasn’t enough to keep tourists away. The island introduced a number of environmental measures last year, including a ban on single-use plastics and an expanded bicycle network, to promote sustainable tourism. This follows a sustainable tourism tax that was introduced in the Balearic Islands six years ago to fund environmental protection projects.