We’re in the midst of a pre-summer heat wave here in the San Francisco Bay Area. So global warming is on the mind more than usual.
Seeing this article on the places most threatened by global warming has the same effect as seeing “An Inconvenient Truth”: it scares the pants off of me!
The list includes:
* Palau, Micronesia
* Great Barrier Reef, Australia
* Maldives, Indian Ocean
* Virgin Islands, Caribbean
* Cook Islands, Pacific Ocean
* Galapagos Islands, Pacific Ocean
* Belize Barrier Reef, Belize
* Red Sea Reefs, Egypt
* Tokyo, Japan
* London, United Kingdom
* New York City, USA
* New Orleans, USA
* Jakarta, Indonesia
* Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
* Yellowstone National Park, USA
* Lake Baikal, Siberia
* Glacier National Park, USA
* Columbia Glacier, Alaska
* Death Valley, USA
Islands, coastal areas and tropical areas seem the most likely to suffer.
Certain parts of the world (Asia) have been seeing much more rapid acceleration in temperatures. Which is the main reason that Tokyo is on the list.
Interestingly, ProTraveller tries to point out positives (huh?) of a slight increase in temperatures for certain areas.
For example, they argue that a more Mediterranean climate in British Columbia will boost their wine business and take market share away from wine hot spots like the South of France and the Napa Valley in California.
Any unnatural temperature shifts, like we’re seeing now, are most definitely not positive.
But points to them for trying to see a benefit.