I saw this report on The Weather Channel and it made me realise how much we take for granted.  We are often so focused on our own environment – our surroundings, the people in our lives, the things we have to do to be able to survive in today’s world; that we forget to look up and at our expanded surroundings.

10 places to see before they disappear!  This report talks about the following natural beauties of this world gradually disappearing (click the link to see the photographs):

  • The Alps
    Guides and Scientists all tell the same story – the Alps are warming.  An article in the Guardian explained that evidence of climate change is clear and that the ski-tourism could fade away.
  • The Congo Basin
    Millions of acres of forests are home to wildlife and provide food, shelter and water to more than 75 million people; as well as protecting against flooding.  Due to mining and illegal logging the Congo Basin is being degraded each year.
  • The Dead Sea
    It is said that the Dead Sea may soon shrink to a lifeless pond as the Middle East political strife blocks vital measures needed to halt the decay of the world’s lowest and saltiest body of water.  It makes you wonder what those responsible for this area of the world are thinking.
  • Galapagos Islands
    The Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific, are threatened by tourism.  From 1978-2010, the islands had been on the UN’s list of World Heritage Sites.
  • Glacier National Park
    The Glacier National Park was once home to 150 glaciers but now has only 25!  The part has been shrinking in size due to climate change, and the National Park Service estimates that in less than 20 years that number will drop even further
  • The Great Barrier Reef
    The Great Barrier Reef stretches along more than 1,200 miles of Australia’s eastern coast is one of the natural wonders of our world.  The coral is gradually being destroyed by rising temperatures, pollution and cyclones are continually pounding the reef.
  • Madagascar
    Madagascar is known for it’s ancient baobab tree forests.  These are being destroyed by logging, burning and poaching; through it’s inhabitants and lemurs.
  • The Maldives
    Kurumba Island, the world’s lowest nation, basks in beautiful sunshine in the Maldives.  Rising seas are already endangering there beaches and if they continue to rise will render many parts of the country in-hospitable.  This small island nation may be the first country to be swamped; it is said by rising sea levels caused by climate change.
  • Taj Mahal
    It’s said that in 5 years time India’s world-renowned marble mausoleum will close.  The reason for this is that air pollution is eating away at the building’s exterior.  To-date all measures taken to protect the building’s façade have failed.
  • Venice
    Rising seas have lead to flooding increasing each year, and many are wondering how long this popular tourist destination can stay above water.  The photograph on the site shows a man carrying luggage with water up to his knees, in a flooded St. Mark’s Square in November 2012.

Let us know what you think when you visit one of these soon to be lost treasures!