Kiribati is one country that has a good chance of disappearing due to climate change and major floods. This is an archipelago which consists of 32 atolls and one island. On average, this island is 3 meters above sea level which is not a lot. The president of Kiribati has already bought land on the largest island in Fiji. Due to a mixture of climate change and cyclones, the Kiribati archipelago is going to face extreme challenges.
A second island nation whose future is well, no future, is the tiny island nation of Tuvalu. Tuvalu is the fourth smallest nation in the world and only with a population of around 11,000 its highest point is only 15 feet above sea level. And with climate change making sea levels rise the future of Tuvalu is not bright. Cyclones and tropical storms have been getting much much worse since the late 1980’s. Also about 10 feet of beachfront have disappeared in the past decade. Tuvalu is a tiny island with much culture that has a good chance of sinking into the ocean.
The Solomon Islands are not looking much better because already 5 of the more western islands have sunk into the ocean, one of which was inhabited with 20 families. More so, 6 other islands have already lost 20% of their land area. The Solomon islands are some islands with beautiful landscapes which some of which have already sunk into the ocean.
The Maldives are a beautiful island paradise which at most lays 1/2 a meter above the water also The Maldives are the only country on this list not in the continent of Oceania. They are south of India. There are actually roads that are only a few inches above sea level, and a hospital in the nation regularly floods. There has been beach erosion as a result of human civilization for the past 3 decades.
These are all countries with beautiful landscapes that soon will disappear. There are hundreds of thousands of people living in these countries. If you ever get the chance to go to any of these countries take it, because these paradises are fantastic and will soon become only a distant memory.
Story by William Euler