The Maldives have long beckoned tourists keen to kick back. Located in the sun-kissed Arabian Sea, this is an island paradise, with its white sands, amazing under-sea landscapes, tropical climate and laid-back lifestyle. But the Maldives are under threat.
Thinking about paying a visit? You’ll need to get a move on, with the islands in danger of disappearing forever. Climate change is the culprit once again. With sea levels rising, those in the Maldives are preparing for the worst.
Like other low-lying atolls and islands, the Maldives are first in the firing line as the world gets ever warmer. This might be a popular tourist destination now, but scientists predict that the Maldives could be uninhabitable by the end of the century.
Frequent flooding, a lack of freshwater and major damage to infrastructure are all on the cards for a beautiful land that could have fewer than 80 years left. Trouble in paradise? This is a breathtaking place that is living on borrowed time.