Five disappearing destinations

Give these five destinations priority, as before you know it, they might have disappeared.

Five disappearing destinations

Whether or not you choose to accept global warming, the world is suffering, with more and more natural wonders becoming endangered of extinction.

While you may already have a number of destinations on your bucket list make sure you give these five priority, as by the time you get around to going they might already be gone.

1. The Great Barrier Reef

Sadly starting in our own backyard, the Great Barrier Reef is seriously under threat due to climate change. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the reef is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. It can be seen from outer space, but soon may not be able to be experienced at all.

Rising ocean temperatures and water pollution are rapid destroying the breathtaking coral reef. With more than half of the Great Barrier Reef already gone, make sure you experience this Australian jewel before it’s lost forever.

2. Venice

Also known as the ‘City of Water’, Venice could tragically becomes so all too soon. Built over 118 separate islands, with over 400 bridges across 150 canals, the unique city has been sinking for some time now.

With annual floods increasing and rising sea levels, it is believed Venice could be sinking five times faster than once thought. Make sure you don’t wait to see this one-of-a-kind city as the way things are heading, it will end up completely underwater.

3. The Dead Sea

This stunningly beautiful salt lake borders Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Over nine times saltier than oceans, its surface and shores are the Earth’s lowest elevation on land.

With visitors from all over the world visiting to experience what it feels like to float like a cork, the Dead Sea won’t be all fun and floating for much longer. In the last 40 years, the Dead Sea has shrunk by more than 25 metres due to water diversion. With the Jordan River being its only source, the Dead Sea could disappear within 50 years.

4. The Galapagos Islands

Located off the coast of South America, the Galapagos Islands are made up of 13 volcanic islands. Made famous for the vast number of endemic species that Charles Darwin studied there, the islands became Ecuador’s first national park in 1959.

Due to an increase in tourism and human settlement, the islands face an uncertain future, however, they have been removed from the World Heritage ‘In Danger’ list. So if you choose to visit, make sure you go through an eco-certified travel partner.

5. The Swiss Alps

Predicted to disappear completely by 2050, the Swiss Alps sit at a lower altitude than the Rocky Mountains, making their glaciers more susceptible to global warming.

With the glacier already having shrunk in volume by 60 per cent over the last 55 years, scientists don’t believe they can stop the Swiss Alps from melting away. So make sure you get your skates on if this is somewhere you’ve always wanted to see or ski.

Have you been to any of these disappearing destinations? Which one would you put at the top of your bucket list?





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    Sandy
    21st Jan 2015
    10:04am
    What a load of tosh, and where is your evidence. If this website is going to write this kind of rubbish I will be unsubscribing immediately. I expect informed opinion and facts not some uneducated hack
    SJ
    21st Jan 2015
    11:24am
    Hi Sandy thank you for comment. We're sorry you disagree with what has been written above but can assure you that we have taken onboard the vast scientific research which has been undertaken on this subject. We will of course be sorry to lose you should you find our articles not to your liking.
    scratch
    21st Jan 2015
    8:55pm
    Pull your head out of the sand "Ostrich "I cant believe somebody would unsubscibe because they dont like hearing the truth!
    Dave V
    21st Jan 2015
    10:46am
    As a scientist with over 40 years employment with CSIRO under my belt I think your comments about the Great Barrier Reef are disgraceful. The GBR is not rapidly disappearing and it is not going to disappear. Yes, there are some threats, with the major threat being high nutrient loads from runoff, but that is gradually being fixed. If by some chance ocean waters do continue to warm then you can expect the GBR to gradually expand into more southern waters. Brisbane and Moreton Bay will see a lot more coral on our doorstep than before.
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    2:41pm
    You need some more training Dave.
    Rising ocean temperatures and acidification are not make believe. Nor is the Adani coal loader at Abbott's Point and the proposed dredging of the channel with the dumping of the silt nearby. Both are working against the reef. Together they will kill the southern part of the reef.
    Hasbeen
    21st Jan 2015
    4:10pm
    Oh come on mick. Acidification of the ocean, lying in limestone basins is impossible. Do try to understand arithmetic, & do a little some time.

    If all the silt from all the dredging ever done in Oz was dumped in one place, it would not amount to a quarter of the silt that comes out of just one river, the Fitzroy, or the Burdekin for example, among many others, in just one minor flood, & the reef survived that for centuries./

    Stop mouthing garbage, fed to you by idiots with an agenda, & try thinking some time.
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    6:30pm
    Sounds like you are a government support Hasbeen.

    My understanding is that CO2 dissolved in water is what causes acidification.

    My post on the silt comes from several programs which detailed studies from the scientific community. Look it up.
    scratch
    21st Jan 2015
    8:57pm
    Another bloody ostrich! Go and live in fairyland with Sandy!
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    10:21pm
    Denial is the ultimate "fairyland" story. Only imbeciles cannot read the literature and reason before posting their 'beliefs'.
    Sometimes the human race defies all logic. And I wonder why we keep getting parasitic governments!
    Precious 1
    24th Jan 2015
    4:06pm
    Reoly to Scratch actually...... again the media hype...they were told the other day to water down the stuff coming out of some journos notepads as it is having a definite scare campaign amongst some of the retirees particularly.......
    wally
    21st Jan 2015
    11:19am
    Some of us are prepared to swallow and digest the climate alarmist nonsense about how we consumers in the west are responsible for something they call global warming. Or do we call it climate change now? Were those of us that used refrigerators in our homes (to keep our food from going rotten) also guilty of causing the hole in the ozone layer to get bigger because of CFC gases leaking out? How did that one turn out, anyway? And were we not being warned about "global cooling" and a new ice age back in the 1970's?
    Show us some demonstrably verifiable proof that we are causing the world to get worse every day. Instead you insult our intelligence with all this "Chicken Little" crap about what the world will be like sometime in the future.
    If you want to jabber on about how bad things are going to be in the future, focus on the real problem facing the world. Namely the population explosion that will inevitably put more pressure on the planet's resources. Forests will be cut down to provide more fields for raising food crops for the increased world population, for one. Fish stocks in the oceans will be further depleted as the demand for food rises. As more people in the third world will want running water and electricity for an enhanced life style to approach what we all ready have in the west, even more pressure will be placed on the planet's resources.
    So maybe we should concentrate on solving the real causes of the planet's problems and not worry so much about the symptoms.
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    12:37pm
    Denial is when you ignore the (mounting) facts.
    At least you don't quote newspapers or the normal deniers who have no credibility and whose so called 'research' is never put up for peer review.
    Whilst you are spot on with the second part of your post the issue is that increasing world population and industrialisation of the third world is on top of what is currently happening. The issue is that the world needs to REVERSE the current trend, not accelerate it.
    So what do you want to know and how much 'evidence' do you need wally?
    Instead of chest beating mate I suggest that you go away and study some of the research. The more you do the more you and others will come to appreciate that the planet is in a shift and that the worst is ahead of (us?) OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN.
    I do get a bit offended when people treat climate change as though it were a scam. This is the view put out by the wealthy fossil fuel industries who own governments and who can do as they like. So you think that the Carbon Tax was repealed because it was a bad tax do you? And pigs will fly.......
    wally
    22nd Jan 2015
    3:48pm
    mick. My comment about your comment on my above comment. To reverse the Third World's desire for industrialisation and the adoption of western style living standards would be just about impossible, given the way human nature works. The only way to get people to give up what we take for granted would have to be at the point of a gun. You cannot expect people to give up such "luxuries" as running water, electricity, health and dental care once they have experiences it. Not everybody wants to follow the alternative 1960's "Hippy style" communes in the bush. Even the ones that they did establish had almost all folded by the 1970's. So unless the multi national corporations decide to do without the cheaper labour in manufacturing they find in the developing countries, I cannot see this trend being reversed.
    So we have the Guru of Global Warming, Al Gore being strangely silent about warning us of the evils of global warming. Did Gore wake up to the fact that the "horse he was flogging" so vigorously had died? I think we can agree that one person's "facts" are "crap" to another person. I am yet to be convinced that planet Earth is going to be inundated by catastrophic flooding of Biblical proportions any time in the foreseeable future.
    As a simple test to gauge the rise of sea level around Australia's coastline, do the records of high and low tides at certain sites, for example at Fort Dennison in Sydney Harbour, show any measureable rises in the sea level? Are oyster farmers 9whose oyster beds depend on a water depth of a certain level for their oysters to thrive), finding they have to adjust the height of their oyster beds to keep their oysters healthy because of the rise in the surrounding water due to Global Warming/Climate change
    So you are also worried about our children's children's children's children and the Australia they are going to find themselves living in? I seriously doubt they will be having sea side holidays in the Grampians or Southern Alps, for example. In fact, if Australia's slide toward economic oblivion that began (when Rudd wanted to enhance his chances for re=election) is not reversed, the children of our grandchildren will not be worrying about their holidays. It is more likely they will find themselves working in menial jobs to keep their Asian overlords happy and be happy plucking chooks for a living 14 hours a day. PS Have a Happy Day!
    Young
    21st Jan 2015
    12:01pm
    This article is a shocker.
    As an exgeography teacher I am appalled at what is being shoved down the necks of our young by many of today's teachers.
    I taught about the problems of the Great Barrier Reef way back n the 1960s and 70s and there is no way that it is going to disappear.Governments are more concerned now.
    I also taught weather and climate.Weather happens daily but climate is about the long term.Climate is never static and is constantly changing over time.It always will.How much man has affected climate is a concern.But we should not go over the top about it.We have had hot and cold periods before and we always will.
    It annoys me when I hear weather experts saying there is no weather today.Dont they realise a fine day means fine weather.Everything has to be dramatic today.
    Even history in today's schools is being taught differently.We are constantly being taught to be ashamed for our past in Australia.I looked at the exam paper for year 12 Australian History and noticed the topics.We must be ashamed of what we did to the aborigines,ashamed for Vietnam war,ashamed for white Australia policy,etc.No longer do we teach about the good things that happened.
    wally
    21st Jan 2015
    12:31pm
    The politically correct movement has been around since at least the 1970's, but I for one did not recognize it as such then. I was told that a term I had used might be offensive to some one. My response was that I said I would ask if my use of the term was offensive should I ever meet anyone that was a Mongolian. I still haven't met any Mongolians. At the time I shrugged off my politically correct informant as a one-off do gooder.
    It was in the early 1980's I recognized a "dumbing down" of the public high school curriculum and that public school teachers were being forced to conform to certain syllabus requirements as handed down from those on high in the Education Department. I suspected then that a lot of these syllabus changes were formulated by so called ivory tower experts and consultants that had little to do with day to day classroom teaching. These changes were rammed down the teachers 'throats. So indoctrination and brain washing would replace teaching and education.
    This all began 30 + years ago and it would appear to be accelerating. Along with decreasing standards of literacy and numeracy. Despite Julia's "Education Revolution" school building program, which did precious little to improve public school educational standards, despite the money splashed around.
    It is enough to make you think Orwell got his dates wrong and 1984 should have been 2014.
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    12:59pm
    The cash splash you refer to wally fixed up third world standard public schools which had been starved of funding and neglected for decades whilst rich private school were building second pools and taking students on overseas trips with public money. It was an utter disgrace!
    What you decry is the rich with their own government in power (Liberal) and getting everything whilst the other 99% of Australians in public schools could go whistle. So lets cut the chase and talk equity mate.
    You are of course quite correct about standards and bureaucrats who know better as well as parents who know how all about teaching. Those people have now gotten what they wanted and the result is that the average age of highly skilled teachers continues to rise because young people refuse to be paid peanuts, have both their hands tied behind their backs and be attacked by the media and every belligerent child and/or parent who has an ax to grind because it is fashionable to blame teachers for a failure to learn rather than the children who are given a choice of this...and frequently decide to be misfits and destroy the learning environment in their classrooms.
    Oh to be rich......
    student
    21st Jan 2015
    3:40pm
    Hey Browny, my money is on the Reef disappearing soon after the Q'land Gov. allows the upgrading of Abbott's Point (Gladstone) and allows all of the muck to be dumped in the Reef.

    And Mick, I wouldn't be rich for a million quid !!!!!!!!
    wally
    21st Jan 2015
    5:44pm
    mick, I agree with you about the state of the teaching profession (at least in the public school system). A lot of senior teachers still working in public high schools do so to maximize their superannuation and long service entitlements before they retire.
    After the "social engineers" that have gained Masters Degrees and PHD's in education (and have avoided all but minimal exposure to real classroom conditions) and have became "expert" educational consultants in their ivory Towers, and have set public education back a generation, What is to be done? We hear about complaints from employers about how difficult it is to find school leavers that have sufficient literacy and numeracy skills to be employable. Will the state education ministers and their education department heads grasp the nettle and return to the older methods and scrap the touchy feely notions that pass for education today? We can only hope,
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    6:35pm
    Sadly wally the real pain has not been felt. Some (public) schools already have no physics or 3/4U maths teachers. Worse is to come when those left retire.
    I can hear the public screaming out now: "why are there no suitably qualified teachers?". The short answer is that society has permitted teaching staff to become 'fair game' with constant increases in workload, new programs to implement which have nothing to do with teaching and made scapegoats for everything under the sun. As you sow so shall you reap.
    wally
    22nd Jan 2015
    4:09pm
    Sadly, the educational situation reminds me again of 1984 where the Ministry of Health promoted disease and pestilence while the Education Ministry promoted illiteracy and the contraction of the English vocabulary where "Double Plus Bad" was substituted for obsolete and out of favour words like evil, catastrophic and disasterous.
    In a society where people who excel at singing or ball games are elevated to hero status and those who pursue careers in science or engineering are derided as nerds, we can see the result of the systematic "dumbing down" of the west. It is no wonder that so many of the students who are the Dux of their high school classes are the children if immigrant Asian families where they have not been exposed to the "Dumbing Down" culture that seems to despise intelligence.
    Precious 1
    24th Jan 2015
    4:04pm
    When you receive letters from over 70 s telling me they had no education never mind grammar, reading and writing no wonder this country called Australia is becoming annihilated by Money Grubbers supposed to be employing the masses and getting huge bonuses for it...on paper that is...what is actually happening could be a whole lot worse......swe have only ourselves to blame......
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    12:22pm
    You missed something important about the Great Barrier Reef Sandy.
    Whilst the planet is experiencing climate change (water temperature rise) and acidification of the oceans you omit to mention the Queensland government and the Federal government have both pushed through dredging adjacent to the reef for their mates in the coal industry. I have seen documentaries which suggest that preferred method of disposing of the dredged material is dumping near the reef...which scientists have warned will lead to a large part of the reef dying because silt will be washed over it, and that kills coral.
    Which governments? You guessed it: the Liberal state and federal governments. It never changes: business first, the environment and the Australian public last.
    And then you have to read the garbage of "climate change nonsense". Give me a break government trolls!
    Polly Esther
    21st Jan 2015
    1:00pm
    Mick, is this the reason you keep saying we should all vote for Independents? I don't mean anything sinister, just a question.
    However I agree, if this is happening it may well kill coral, I am not a scientist and do not know.
    What if anything is Clive Palmer doing to save the reef?
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    2:37pm
    Palmer is a minor party, not an Independent. You might be forgiven when one says 'minor' given Clive's size.
    BOTH sides of parliament are tied to the coal industry although the current government is owned by coal lock stock and barrel. The repeal of the Carbon Tax is the proof because it was never a bad tax. The fact that taxpayers are now putting in $8 billion a year to make up the difference should be telling more of a story thr the media is letting on.
    Can't speak about Palmer. He is an enigma. But I can say that the Adani company which is behind dredging next to the reef is an environmental nightmare anywhere it operates in the world. The fact that Campbell Newman has allowed this to go ahead tells you who his backers are and the end result will be a dead Great Barrier Reef. Coal will in time be replaced with renewables and then the revenue from coal will also disappear. What Australians will inherit is a dead reef which should have been churning out countless $millions in tourism dollars. But because we have politicians who are prostitutes to the big money we will have nothing other than debt. Depressing isn't it.
    If you want to add your voice to this issue then look up the GetUp organisation. People power and voter departure are the only thing governments understand.
    Sceptic
    21st Jan 2015
    3:35pm
    So you Mick, like this site have now nailed your collective true colours to the mast by aligning yourselves with GetUp.
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    6:39pm
    I have no problems admitting that Sceptic. At least I am not owned by this business owned government like your posts suggest you are. Or are you another avatar of Frank the government paid troll massaging voters for the next election?
    GetUp routinely attacks this government for its negligence. I agree with many if not all of their campaigns and I pick and choose which ones I support. So what's your excuse.
    Sceptic
    22nd Jan 2015
    2:16pm
    I call you out Mick. You are happy to repeatedly accuse certain posters of affiliations with out any proof. Now you are doing it to me. Are you willing to shed your anonymity in the interest of truth and showing the other posters your true self?

    What is my excuse for what? Calling out a GetUp supporter? GetUp routinely attacks the Liberals, never mind this Government. Their whole reason for being is to attack the Liberals, and to say you support many of their campaigns just identifies you as a fellow traveller.

    I am not and have never been a member of any party, political or otherwise. I have never been paid by anyone to voice my opinion.
    shrino
    21st Jan 2015
    1:08pm
    re the Swiss Alps, the alps are higher ( Altitude) than the Canadian rocky, the key word should have been "Latitude" ie closer to the arctic circle.
    Peter
    21st Jan 2015
    1:22pm
    what a loss of bulls::: from an uninformed hack

    21st Jan 2015
    1:42pm
    Looks like the climate change sceptics are out in force today.
    maxchugg
    21st Jan 2015
    2:29pm
    Here we go again! The poles are going to melt, the sea is going to rise and we are all going to drown. We were also going to have endless drought.
    But the poles haven't melted, the Arctic is back to normal the Antarctic is above normal and since the drought predictions we have had nothing but floods.
    In 2000 the "experts" told us that the Maldives would to be under water in 10 years, 15 years later they're still there.
    As for the scientists, remember David Suzuki on Q & A, out first ball from a questioner who asked him how he could continue to argue that global warming was taking place when the four main datasets (UAH, RSS, HadCRUT and GISS) showed no warming for 16 years. Scientific "expert" Suzuki had never heard of them! Or so he said!
    Finally, the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia should have put paid to this nonsense. For example, a leaked email of 12/10/2009 attributed to Kevin Treberg commented:
    "The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate."
    This is only one of several damning admissions made in those emails. The eminent scientists could not account for a lack of global warming "at the moment." Five years later nothing has changed, they are still unable to account for a lack of global warming, carefully avoiding the fact that variations in global temperatures run in cycles which have always been present and always will be.
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    2:53pm
    Don't know what denier website you have been on maxchugg but your information is flawed.
    The poles are NOT going back to normal. The ice comes and goes but THEY ARE GETTING PROGRESSIVELY THINNER. Check it out! And in case you have not noticed Greenland is almost ice free. Funny that!
    It has been suggested that your missing heat has ended up in the oceans. Given the volume of the oceans they can absorb humungous amounts of heat...but they are heating, slowly.
    You and other deniers forget that the planet is not on a news cycle. The planet works on much larger time scales and there are mechanisms in nature to repair much of what happens. What nature is not equipped to deal with is a mass attack by humans with a fast increasing population and the mechanisation of the third world. We will win this one, sadly.
    To understand how mathematical occurrences work you might well consider a number of things which happen around you every day:
    1. the price of the share market
    2. the daily temperatures over a year
    3. the rainfall patterns
    By way of example consider the stock market. Prices NEVER go up in an even manner. They go up for a few days and then retrace...and so it continues. But what does happen over a period of time is
    The problem with your mindset is that you have your head stuck in the sand and want it all to go away. It won't.
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    2:53pm
    Don't know what denier website you have been on maxchugg but your information is flawed.
    The poles are NOT going back to normal. The ice comes and goes but THEY ARE GETTING PROGRESSIVELY THINNER. Check it out! And in case you have not noticed Greenland is almost ice free. Funny that!
    It has been suggested that your missing heat has ended up in the oceans. Given the volume of the oceans they can absorb humungous amounts of heat...but they are heating, slowly.
    You and other deniers forget that the planet is not on a news cycle. The planet works on much larger time scales and there are mechanisms in nature to repair much of what happens. What nature is not equipped to deal with is a mass attack by humans with a fast increasing population and the mechanisation of the third world. We will win this one, sadly.
    To understand how mathematical occurrences work you might well consider a number of things which happen around you every day:
    1. the price of the share market
    2. the daily temperatures over a year
    3. the rainfall patterns
    By way of example consider the stock market. Prices NEVER go up in an even manner. They go up for a few days and then retrace...and so it continues. But what does happen over a period of time is
    The problem with your mindset is that you have your head stuck in the sand and want it all to go away. It won't.
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    3:03pm
    Your head is in the sand there maxchugg. It is sad how little your understanding is of both climate change and how the natural system works. How about you inform yourself first and then comment second.
    You may want to apply to the denier's club. This is funded by the fossil fuel industries so you should get a free feed.
    If you care for a formal response about WHY you are posting from a point of ignorance then feel free to respond.
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    3:03pm
    Your head is in the sand there maxchugg. It is sad how little your understanding is of both climate change and how the natural system works. How about you inform yourself first and then comment second.
    You may want to apply to the denier's club. This is funded by the fossil fuel industries so you should get a free feed.
    If you care for a formal response about WHY you are posting from a point of ignorance then feel free to respond.
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    3:40pm
    Sorry about that. I can't undo. The YourLifeChoices website is not working real well today. Patience!!
    maxchugg
    22nd Jan 2015
    11:01pm
    Yet again Mick responds to evidence with ridicule. PIOMAS charts show a steady increase in ice volume since 2012. The charts on National Snow and Ice Data Centre show the Arctic as slightly under the average which is calculated over such a small time period as to not be particularly reliable.
    But anyone who disregards the fact that the "scientists" have been so wrong with their predictions so far that they could have produced more reliable results if their statements were pure guesswork because then they would have been right half of the time is really the one who has his head in the sand.
    Mick says the ocean temperature is rising, this is what NASA says:
    Oct. 6, 2014: The cold waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.
    So, who is right, Mick or NASA? I'm betting on NASA!
    Taffy66
    21st Jan 2015
    2:31pm
    Goodness me! Some people really need to 'lighten' up and view this article for what it is, a light-hearted list of destinations. In what is already a complicated world, why do so many look to complicate it even further? I don't always believe everything I read or hear, but I don't go out of my way to challenge it either. And as for 'here today, gone tomorrow' ... it was once my desire to stand atop the World Trade Centre and take in the sights of New York and Manhattan ... guess what? can't do that anymore! Keep up the good work Life Choices - I enjoy your articles and look forward to them everyday.
    Andy Leucite
    21st Jan 2015
    2:46pm
    Don't shoot the messenger. Kaye is conveying the opinions of those who base their assessments on interpretation of the best evidence available. There is always the chance that the majority of scientific opinion is totally deluded or wrong, but as a scientist myself, who has taken the trouble to read a lot of the literature in refereed scientific journals, I know who is more likely to be proved right - but of course it may only be our children or grandchildren who are able to assess that, or maybe their grandchildren.

    I have visited Venice, the Barrier Reef, and a number of glaciers. There is no doubt that the glaciers I have visited have retreated huge amounts at UNPRECEDENTED RATES, but perhaps it is alarmist to take that seriously. The Barrier Reef and other coral reefs are indeed capable of growing horizontally or vertically to make up for the areas devastated for whatever reason, but the trouble is, again the rates of environmental change are so rapid now, that experts doubt that the replacement/repair rates can keep up. There is no doubt that Venice is sinking, and will also be very susceptible to sea level rise - the cause of the former is unrelated to global warming but global warming will almost certainly cause sea level rise, so either way, see Venice while you can.

    I am constantly amazed at how most people accept the expertise of scientists every day, e.g. in the technology they unquestionably use), the medical and pharmaceutical treatments they take advantage of, the cars they drive, etc etc. But somehow many seem to believe that the scientists who are concerned about global warming and related phenomena are viewed as part of some giant global conspiracy (for what benefit I am never sure) and/or the result of a special collusion of unusually dumb scientists. Just like many of the other aforementioned scientists they are physicists, mathematicians, chemists, etc etc - why is it the ones that happen to contribute to understanding global climate phenomena and change are somehow unethical or incompetent?? There are bad apples in every bunch, but are the majority of these particular scientists affected with some kind of weird viruses that turns them all into mischief makers or worse?

    No doubt my comments will attract the invective of skeptics but sometimes those who have no personal barrows to push need to speak up, no matter how much abuse will be lobbed back at them. I have been a scientist for over 50 years and am proud of it - 98% or other scientists whom I have worked with, met at conferences, corresponded with etc etc are hard-working honest citizens, extremely selfless and highly ethical, almost to a fault. It pains me to see that their opinions are so readily insulted and belittled, especially if they happen to work on things that have well-meaning messages that are unpalatable to a part of the population.
    Young
    21st Jan 2015
    3:33pm
    Whilst on holidays in Queensland several years ago we were having a BBQ at Pottsville environmental park when we noticed car after car arriving with one person in each.
    Upon enquiring what was going on with so many cars coming we were told they were having a meeting about global warming.Why were they all arriving,one per car.
    Have also noticed many believers have their air conditioners on when not needed.
    Also most shops have air conditioners set far too cold.
    We have verandas on our house.How many of the believers live in mansions with no verandah?
    If the believers lived by what they preached they might have a case.
    Fossil
    21st Jan 2015
    4:04pm
    Thanks Andy

    What a relief, someone with dedication and support for his fellow learned collegues

    I needed some fresh air!!!
    Ming
    21st Jan 2015
    5:15pm
    Just another manifestation of the left wing leaning of this organisation. Perhaps you are a committed member of the President Obama cheer squad.
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    6:51pm
    Huh?
    Hightower
    21st Jan 2015
    5:15pm
    What a load of alarmist nonsense! The alarmist industry has already been exposed as a fraud yet we still see these zealots, fueled with a fanaticism that would do a 15th century inquistor proud, still trying to peddle this manic idiocy. Grow up guys....everyone with an ounce of commonsense knows that you're just plain wrong!
    MICK
    21st Jan 2015
    6:53pm
    Straight from somebody who has done zilch research.
    Put the head back in the sand Redbaiter. The warm fuzzy feeling will return.
    Hightower
    22nd Jan 2015
    7:30am
    Poor Mick, get a job Sunshine and see what its like in the real world!
    SeniorCit
    21st Jan 2015
    6:20pm
    Glad to read that there are some sensible commentators out there. Just read scientific articles in an Issue of "Carbon Sense” prepared for The Carbon Sense Coalition by Viv Forbes and volunteer helpers or look at the websites of NIPCC and the Heartland institute to get the facts. If the coming Ice Age comes as predicted then the Barrier Reef might be in trouble.
    Pamiea
    21st Jan 2015
    11:36pm
    Venice is my preference of all those destinations - in time I will get there.
    Precious 1
    24th Jan 2015
    4:11pm
    Find some pen friends hahah.
    mollie
    22nd Jan 2015
    12:21pm
    Yair sure its getting hotter, like the icebreaker stuck in the south pole last winter and the blizzards in America this winter sure its really hotting up! Ha Ha.
    What was that story about chicken little and the sky falling????
    Mrw
    23rd Jan 2015
    9:52am
    Interesting how a helpful(if slightly histrionic) post attracts such vengeful politicised commentary. As physicist (amongst other things)I moved in 2005 from saying 'prove anthopocene warming' to 'prove that it is not' simply on thesis of extensive analysis, data examination and, most important. the Precautionary Principle. I have been give no reason to adjust this current position.

    On the destinations, several of which I have recently visited or about to, a major omission is the Antarctic Peninsula-- the penguin migrations are starkly evident already there.. Galapagos are doing good job controlling the limited numbers of tourist boats and are I think less risk than previously, as this effectively list tourist numbers and impacts. Like the Antarctic peninsula, the final itineraries on any tour are dependent o collaboration between the ships and the environmental authorities, which is why they won't certify the ports of call in advance! A small point about Antarctica- just GO- and pay the extra to go to South Georgia (we didn't and profoundly wish we had). Ships with under 100 pasterns can land the whole ship twice a day(and ours did), ships 100-500 can only land 100 at a time-which is why the big deal of zodiac cruises is plugged by these intermediate scale ships. dont be fooled. Ship over 500 passenger cannot land anyone at all....

    Ive visited Venice several times over 50 years, and the sinking gets more obvious every time...the Alps the same: the Barrier Reef has visibly changed over 35 years of visits... I cannot comment on the Dead Sea.

    So while the phasing is perhaps on the alarmist side(like many of the over the top responses) the clear message- go to see these places soon-has a solid foundation: there are observable sounds for concern.
    Mrw
    23rd Jan 2015
    10:06am
    To Andy Leucite

    Sadly I can agree at the double standard applied to scientists in the same discipline working in different areas (medics, climate change for example). One of the explanations is the consistent construction of fake science institutions as a policy for the major lobbyists to confuse the public. They set up 'institutes' and promote dubious science simply to generate confusion.... and dont known it, Its been a very successful strategy, (see for example tobaccos success in staving off public health evidence for decades) and the sober book by Orestes (merchants of doubt) is a standard text in the sociology of science and the philosophy of trust and testimony. Read it and weep. Some of the ore extreme politicised commentaries here might find Orestes observations and commentaries and examples (al verifiable independently) of interest.
    wally
    24th Jan 2015
    11:37am
    Mrw. More info about Orestes' sociology text pls
    Precious 1
    24th Jan 2015
    4:00pm
    What a lot of tosh too....Leave well alone ..this is not a debate or a vote for popularity...Would this Australian Govt like people from another country come laud it over us....... I don t think so.......we come across as a lot of arrogant, bullyish morons and I know for sure many would agree with this statement.....
    Precious 1
    24th Jan 2015
    4:09pm
    I wish something could be done about these people who choose to fish at NIGHT TIMES for our ABALONE AND WE ALL KNOW WHO THEY ARE....THEY ARE RAKING UP MUCH OF THE ABALONE POPULATION IN THE DARK...... and no one is doing anything about it...most of those cultures sneaky at their best.......


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