Warnings about global warming have been tolling for decades now, with the rising sea level and the intensification of extreme weather. The first island to have been claimed by the rising seas was Lohachara Island in the delta region of the Sundarbans—where the rivers Ganga and Brahmaputra meet and empty out into the Bay of Bengal. Once home to 10,000 people, this Indian island was only found to be missing in 2006, when researchers saw that it had vanished from satellite images.
“No national leader in the history of humanity has ever faced this question: ‘Will we survive or will we disappear under the sea?’” said Tuvalu prime minister Enele Sopoaga, at the United Nations Climate Conference in Lima, Peru (COP20) in December 2014. While things do seem to be progressing in the right direction, it’s still a scramble for solutions to abate an impending apocalypse. In the meantime, we’ve highlighted 10 places that are on the verge of disappearing forever. Click through.
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Fabiola Monteiro was formerly a member of National Geographic Traveller India's digital team. Since then, her words have featured in The Hindu, Mint Lounge, Roads & Kingdoms, The Goya Journal, and Condé Nast Traveller India. She tweets as @thefabmonteiro and is on Instagram @fabiolamonteiro.