By Tyler Moss and Caitlin Morton, Conde Nast Traveler, January 20, 2021 (original article July 2020)
As ice caps melt and wildfires rage, global warming is occurring faster than we could have imagined. In countries affected by climate change, many of the world’s prime travel destinations are at risk of suffering serious consequences: Rising sea levels and more dramatic weather events are endangering major cities, like Venice, with flooding. Increased temperatures are depleting resources that tourism industries depend on, with reduced snowfall in the Alps, and scant harvests in Northern California’s vineyards. Some natural wonders, like the Great Barrier Reef, are facing the prospect of vanishing entirely.
It's possible to responsibly visit most of these destinations and support them with your tourism dollars—but you can also admire such fragile spots from afar, and donate to organizations like the Coalition for Rainforest Nations and Clean Air Task Force that are fighting to preserve and protect them. Either way, developing an awareness of the destinations most at-risk is the first step in becoming an advocate for their protection. Below, 18 countries affected by climate change, and the sights we stand to lose.