The planet is in a climate crisis, these are the places that prove it.
After a summer of devastating bushfires right across Australia, it is incredible that there are still people in denial about climate change and the impact it is having on the world.
If those climate change deniers need proof that the climate crisis is making the world less hospitable, they should try visiting these nine places around the globe.
1. The Great Barrier Reef
We don’t have to go too far from home to start seeing the impact global warming is having on the environment. The 2300km–long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of more than 600 types of hard and soft coral. It is home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks. The Australian Institute of Marine Studies reports that between 1985 and 2012 the world lost 50 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is also experiencing the most widespread bleaching ever recorded, with 60 per cent of reefs across all three regions affected, according to a detailed survey of the system this year.
2. Glacier National Park
This stunning US national park in Montana was once home to more than 150 glaciers. Today there are fewer than 25 and, according to current climate change predictions, those remaining could be completely gone as early as 2030. The area is home to grizzly bears, mountain goats, lynxes and wolverines, all of which will be under threat as the ecosystem continues to undergo significant changes.
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