Sunday, January 8, 2012
25 breathtaking places threatened by us.
Some may try to deny it, but by now there’s next to no doubt that global warming is having real, profound effects on the world we live in. Perhaps one of the most alarming changes is occurring in the world’s oceans and endangering islands with diverse ecosystems, rich cultures, and breathtaking, beautiful landscapes. Pacific island nations like Kiribati and the Marshall Islands have already come to terms with the irreversible nature of the crisis and are formulating long-term relocation strategies for their residents.
The islands pictured below have been identified as being highly at risk for the devastating consequences of climate change. Their beauty is a reminder that global action is needed now.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Fernandina Island, Galapagos
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Bartholomew Island, Galapagos
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia
Papua New Guinea
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Lord Howe Island, Australia
Norman Island, British Virgin Islands
Aitutaki, Cook Islands