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Four decades ago climate change became a ‘thing’. This new issue was met with a mixture of reactions ranging from shock to denial. Unfortunately, the denial side is still prevalent today.
So what does this mean for the future of travel? The guys over at Travelplanners have put together a very tongue in cheek guide on where we will be forced to travel when climate change renders our past tourist hotspots uninhabitable.
Although the article is meant to be a bit of fun it is backed up by actual research. Which is actually pretty scary.
Which Tourist Spots will Disappear
If we continue at the rate we are going and actually reach our trillionth tonne of CO2 into the atmosphere – ‘the carbon cut-off point‘- temperatures will rise by 2% which is enough to melt the ice caps.
With more melting ice caps comes rising sea levels. If the sea levels rise by just 1m beautiful holiday destinations such as Venice & Miami will be under water.
Dubai, one of the richest global cities, is also at risk. The sea only needs to rise by 3 meters to put the millionaire’s playground underwater. So you better develop your gills, grow webbed feet and learn how to grow plants on a boat.
Melting Ice Caps
Sea Levels Rising
Like the Heat?
Places like Siberia will eventually become scorching hot all year round if we don’t keep the total cumulative co2 emission below 2 trillion tonnes of carbon.
Too Hot to Fly
Not only will the rising temperatures affect certain countries it will also affect air travel itself. We may get to a point where it’s physically too hot to fly. Last year excess heat grounded over 40 flights in Phoenix. Hotter air is thinner air which can make it difficult and sometimes impossible for planes to create enough lift.
The Great Pacific Trash Vortex
The Pacific ocean will be full of plastic. Humans produce 20,000 plastic bottles every second and only 7% of them get recycled. The majority end up in our oceans.
The Great Pacific Trash Vortex – a mass of plastic and chemical sludge – is a result of us throwing millions of tonnes of plastic into our seas. It was first discovered between 1985 & 1988.
Damage to World Heritage Sites
Unesco published a list of 31 world heritage sites that will be affected by climate change. The list includes places such as Stonehenge, Yellow Stone National Park and The Statue of Liberty.
What Needs to Be Done
According to research we have until 2036 to get our act together or we could lose our iconic tourist destination forever, not to mention our planet.
What are your thoughts on the future of travel?