Earth Day 2011: 21 Places To Go Before They Disappear (PHOTOS)

by Kate Auletta Subscribe to Kate Auletta's posts Posted Apr 22nd 2011 09:00 AM


100 Places to Go Before They Disappear, the new book by Desmond Tutu, will appear on bookshelves on May 1st. It's a compelling title: a list of 100 places around the world that are disappearing – or are in danger of disappearing – before our very eyes.

Waterfronts of some of the world's biggest cities, including London, New York, Chicago and Bangkok are in danger of being engulfed by flooding if water temperatures rise by only a few degrees. The world's forests, lakes and coral are severely threatened by global warming.

The entire nation – yes, the ENTIRE nation, of Tuvalu could disappear into the Pacific Ocean.

100 Places looks at places on all seven continents that people should visit before they're no longer there.

Take a look at some of the photos below.

All photos from Getty Images Ltd. Book available from Abrams Publishing on May 1st for $24.95.

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Robert Bishop

Hi I'm wondering what federalizing Earth Day would do for the environment. Like, how would it be different from how Earth Day is now?

April 26 2011 at 6:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

enjoy our tour in peru
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April 23 2011 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i wanna go.....

April 23 2011 at 2:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How come that this will be extinct soon? Well, if that is the case, the only thing that we can blame is the effects of global warming and there is no stopping it. Let us hope that this will not be happen.

April 22 2011 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lemm see The Battery in NY wasn't evn there 300 years ago, while the aztec and Mayan temples haven't really been occupied for several hundred years and are crumbling, every river and lake in the world has come into existance or disappeared at one time or another. Everything changes not always for the better. The Grand Canyon was once an ocean bottom, nice and smooth, now look at it.

April 22 2011 at 8:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

20 years ago the previous generation of "experts" were telling us we were all going to die in the next great ice age.....what happened to that one? Global Warming? Did everybody already forget the crazy winter we just had??? People are so gullible.

April 22 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How many things are already gone, and gone long before we were around to see them? The world is not static, nor is the climate. A few degrees change in either direction might be disaster, if we were not a thinking species. because we ARE, humanity has survived Ice Ages, as well as times warmer than the current climate.

April 22 2011 at 7:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would like to know why these places are disappearing, or about to.

April 22 2011 at 7:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The idea of things to do before it's to late looks pretty much like high pressure sales, to me. What if everyone that could afford it, did go to those places? That would create a lot of CO2 emissions but more importantly further deplete the oil reserves of the planet. I think everyone can decide for themselves what they want to see regardless if its in a flood plain or not, and where they can afford to travel. Also Siberia Russia is a vast region, with all kinds of elevations. Even if the sea level would rise significantlyl Sibera as a whole would not dissapear. Last, so far where I live the sea level is in fact lowering relative to the land at about a centimeter = 3/8 of an inch per year because the land continues to rise after the weight from the ice cap from the last iceage melted away. The world is a changing place DHU.

April 22 2011 at 7:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

If you believe Desmond Tutu created this book, I have a condo in Florida I'd like to sell you...

April 22 2011 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply