The Pacific Islands contain some of the famous idyllic holiday destinations chosen by Britons for sun and luxury,
They could also be gone within the next century due to climate change.
With sea levels rising dramatically in the past few decades, the islands will suffer the most as they eventually become entirely submerged.
Tuvalu could be uninhabitable by 2050, with some islands such as Kiribati being completely gone by 2100.
The Pacific island nations have urged leaders around the world to act after the COP23 conference in Germany discussed climate change and implementing the 2015 Paris agreement on global warming.
The COP23 conference saw leaders from the Pacific Island Forum discussing the impact of rising sea levels on at-risk island communities with President of the Republic of Kiribati, and Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, deputy Prime Minister of Samoa.
The Maldives is a famous destination for honeymooners and families, and this is also at risk of completely disappearing.
With the lowest elevation in the world and just an average height of four feet above sea level, this too could be gone in the next century.
The Solomon Islands have also been affected, with five of them already having completely sunk.
New Zealand has become the first nation to create a new visa category for people who live on the islands, and are a product of island displacement.
Professor Tim Flannery, a climate change expert at La Trobe University, told news.com.au: “It’s very concerning times, particularly if you live in a small island nation.
“Many of those nations are already making agreements to deal with the problem as it develops.”
He explained further: “As sea water rises it starts to penetrate the freshwater on the land, that’s the most immediate threat for a lot of the island.
“Beach and coastal erosion and flooding is another threat. With these two factors it’s entirely possible within the next 30 years some islands could be rendered uninhabitable.”
They aren’t the only tourist destinations that could disappear within 50 years.
Venice in Italy is a huge risk, with it often flooding in the city centre as it continues to sink.
Rising sea levels are also occurring due to glaciers melting as the planet warms up.
The famous Columbia Glacier in Alaska is at risk due to this due to the speed in which it is melting.
Published at Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:56:00 +0000