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7 Beautiful islands that could disappear forever, due to climate change.

To many, Climate Change seems like something to care about in a distant future. To the people living on the many low-lying islands around the world, the negative impacts of climate change have already begun threatening their homes, their cultures, and their futures.

Photo by: Wiltven Lim

Climate change, the result of greenhouse gases produced by human activity, has largely contributed to changing climate conditions around the world. 2019 was the 2nd warmest year in record, with 2015 to 2019 being the 5 warmest years ever recorded, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. The higher temperatures these past few years have intensified natural weather events such as floods and storms. Ice glaciers and ice sheet melting, as well as the expansion of a warmer ocean have caused a rise in sea levels, with around 3.3 milllimeters of increase every year. Combine extreme weather and higher sea levels, and here are 7 beautiful islands around the world that are threatened to go under by the end of the century.


(Photo by Asad Photo Maldives from Pexels)

This beautiful state in the Indian Ocean is on the bucket list for many. Made up of around 1200 islands, this idyllic paradise is threatened by rising sea levels that are caused by climate change. The tallest point of Maldives is only around 2.4 meters above sea level, with the average at 1.2 meters above the sea.