Climate change is constantly affecting our daily lives, but there are some places in the world that have seen some of the worst affects. Rising sea levels are a constant threat to our earth and with the current state of global warming, sea levels around the would could rise up to five meters in the next coming centuries, putting some low-lying countries and islands at serious risk of disappearing.
Although these islands may not all disappear in our life time, many islands have already seen their population decrease, as sea levels increase and swallow up their homes.
If you are an avid traveller, or just looking for your next vacation spot, I suggest you put these places on you bucket list ASAP!
Here is a list of 10 disappearing island you have to visit before you die:
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At 1.5 meters above sea level, Maldives is our planets lowest country. Maldives President, Mohamed Nasheed said that "If carbon emissions continue at the rate they are climbing today, my country will be underwater in seven years."
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Solomon Islands consists of a large number of islands in Oceania, East of Papa New Guinea. Five of the beautiful islands have already been swallowed by the sea so the time to visit is now! .
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Republic of Cape Verde
Consisting of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean, Cape verde is one of the best places in the Atlantic to go shipwreck diving. Although this is a popular tourist destination, the islands are highly vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels affects all aspects of life.
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Republic of Palau
An island country consisting of 250 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, well known for its amazing scuba diving and snorkeling sites! Palau faces severe flooding, leaving its inhabitants in constant fear of seeing their homes washed away.
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Although Fiji covers a total area of about 194,000 square kilometres, only 10% of that is land. Of more then 332 islands, 110 are completely inhabitable. The islands are currently facing coastal erosion but remain a very popular and beautiful tourist destination.
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Torres Strait Islands
Made up of least 274 small islands, only 17 of those are inhabited. The islands are covered in untouched beaches and crystal clear waters. Torres Strait Islands are a hidden wonder but climate change has caused serious problems in the islands.
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Consisting of 115 granite and coral islands in the western Indian Ocean, a rise of just three feet would submerge the island and make it uninhabitable. Also facings the worlds worst coral die-off, Seychelles is one of the most at risk islands in the world to disappear.
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A subregion of Oceania, consisting of thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Water levels are constantly killing off crops in the area. Micronesia is dangerously close to disappearing. Scientists say that even a rise of one meter of water would make the islands uninhabitable.
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An island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean made up of 32 atolls and one raised coral island. Rising sea levels have caused most of the land to disappear under the ocean and force most of it population to move to other nearby islands.
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