Now picture that same beach, destroyed. Perhaps it eroded so much that there's barely room to spread out a towel. Maybe a colossal concrete hotel is being built where the sand dunes used to be. Maybe it has been coated with a slick of spilled oil. Hopefully, your slice of paradise will remain well preserved. But at many beaches around the world, nightmares like these are coming true.
We've selected some beach destinations around the world in danger of disappearing forever due to forces such as erosion, pollution, rising sea levels, reckless overdevelopment, and sand mining. But there are hundreds more. If we don't curb global warming, insist on sustainable development, and protect the world's beaches against pollution and mismanagement, the idyllic shorelines we cherish will be preserved only in memory.
The Maldives - post card ready beaches, unblemished coral and some of the world's most luxurious resorts, the Maldives are a once-in-a-lifteime destination for many. But the islands' own lifetime may be cut short by rising sea levels dooming this string of low lying atolls in the Indian Ocean, unless the world acts quickly to curb out global warming.
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