Global warming: places to visit
Vacation of your dream, such as diving on the Great Barrier Reef, skiing in the Swiss Alps – can forever remain only a dream if you do not hurry, writes McClatchy News Service. Magical coral reefs off the Australian coast could disappear from Earth by 2050, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And the temperature rise in the Alps is forcing tour operators to use more and more equipment to create snow, according to forbestraveler.com.
Global warming is progressing and more and more ecotourists are rushing to those parts of the world that were previously ignored, such as the poles of the Earth and other remote regions. Such sights can be called climatic, something like farewell to the “best hits” of the Earth. We offer you a short list of places that, according to scientists, global warming may affect in the first place.
Glacier National Park in Montana, USA
According to scientists, glaciers may disappear by 2030. They say that soon it’s even planned to change the name of the Park to, say, the Glacier Memorial National Park. This Park is the most important national center for the study of climate change. Photographs starting in 1900 show a decrease in the size of the glacier, record temperatures in summer and record snowfalls in winter are also seen. You can enjoy the sight yourself online. Glacier National Park occupies more than 400 thousand hectares from the northern part of the Rocky Mountains and is famous for its stunning landscapes. This park has elevations from 975 m along the Flathead River and real mountain peaks reaching 3000m. In addition to 4 dozen glaciers, after which the park is named, and ancient limestone cliffs, there are lakes, waterfalls and many animals such as moose, wolves and bears.
Most glaciers in Alaska are also shrinking. Over the past summer, more than 1.7 million tourists visited Alaska, which is 3 percent more than in the previous year. Now in Alaska they began to go rafting and scuba diving, which was not the case before.
Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
Scientists say sea levels are expected to rise, as well as more tropical storms, which is very bad for Florida. The Everglades is very fragile and is often discussed in the context of global climate change.
There is no doubt that the earth’s poles are changing at a tremendous speed – the glaciers of Greenland are melting faster than expected. In a hundred years, the entire Arctic Ocean can simply be open waters. The lack of ocean ice can be a big problem for polar bears, and for you and me too. In Antarctica, some penguin species are dying for the same reason, but the question of whether temperature increases are a result of human activity has not yet been resolved. Traveling to Norway, Greenland and Antarctica is becoming increasingly popular. The number of expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic is constantly growing.
Perhaps the smallest endangered island is Tuvalu. It is quite difficult to get there, first to Fiji, and only then to Tuvalu. Here, for example, great snorkeling.
Maldives, low-lying atolls in the Indian Ocean, are also very often mentioned in the context of global warming.
Great Barrier Reef
Warmer ocean waters mean disaster for coral. This is not news for those who regularly practice diving or snorkeling. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest and may disappear in a few decades.
In the Swiss Alps, less snow falls every year. The ski resorts and landscapes of the Alps change very soon. With higher temperatures, a certain type of mosquito may appear, according to reports from the Climate and Tourism Fund of the Wildlife Fund. Many tour operators who cannot afford snow production equipment are closing their businesses.