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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tropical Islands of Maldives Could be Underwater in less than 100 years

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the sea level in the picturesque Maldives could rise as much as 97 cm (that's 38 inches for my fellow Americans) by the year 2100.

As this writer for The Guardian puts it: "... this poses the most obvious threat to an archipelago where most land is no taller than an 11-year-old child."

Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean, is especially known for being a honeymoon and holiday destination.

You've probably seen photos of Maldives islands on TV, online, and in brochures - especially of the lodging options they have which are located on stilts in the turquoise water.

I've had a couple friends visit there and I've heard nothing but good things from their experiences. Although, there does seem to be a bit of a political underbelly which happens a lot, sadly, with popular tourist destinations and with not-so-popular locations too.

Let's hope politics do not get in the way of saving this beautiful destination. But...I wouldn't hold my breath on that so you might want to book a flight there ASAP.


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