100 places to remember before they disappear. Exhibit A: The Maldives

100 photographs from 100 different places around the world that are threatened by climate change. The pictures are taken by some of the world’s best photographers and all the places are based on reports from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC.

Famous for its 1,200 tropical islands, snow-white beaches, swaying palm trees and richly coloured coral reefs, the Maldives has become a tourist paradise.

This island nation, officially called the Republic of Maldives, consists of 22 atolls with many small islands scattered in circles. It stretches almost 1,000km from north to south in the Indian Ocean.

With 80% of the country less than 1m above sea level, climate change poses a serious threat to the Maldives, especially since almost all of the human settlements, vital infrastructure and industries are located in the close proximity of coast.

In the last 15 years, the sea level in the ocean surrounding the Maldives has risen by 4.5cm. Estimates suggest a further rise of 20-60cm by the end of the century. The area could also see an increase in the intensity of tropical storms. This would threaten both the tourist industry and the Republic of Maldives as a nation. More images of the vulnerable Maldives here, images via a photo exhibition by Bluepeace (a project documenting climate change in the Maldives).

100 places to remember before they disappear | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

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