How climate change could affect these popular destinations in 2050

A picure of the effects that climate change could have on Greater Cairo, Egypt. Picture: Supplied

A picure of the effects that climate change could have on Greater Cairo, Egypt. Picture: Supplied

Published Aug 12, 2023


Climate change is one of the most serious issues being faced in the world.

Glaciers in the Arctic have begun to melt – increasing sea levels and causing mass-flooding in coastal areas.

Additionally, many countries continue to record their hottest summer year after year, highlighting the constant temperature increase.

For many travellers utilising their car to sightsee on a road trip adventure, this could mean that the sights they hope to see could soon look very different – or potentially cease to exist entirely.

To find out more about the impact climate change could have on popular road trip destinations, have worked alongside environmental specialist Marish Cuenca to analyse how 10 locations across each continent could look by 2050.

Commenting on the research, Aleksandrs Buraks at said: “Many travellers dream of a road trip, offering them a unique perspective on some of their dream locations with the opportunity to take in amazing sights along the way.

“Sadly, the reality is that – for many popular destinations – their time is limited due to the current rate of global warming.

“By working with an environmental expert, we were interested to find out just how these locations could be impacted – and the results are really quite concerning for many. However, we also wanted to provide some optimism that it’s never too late to help make a difference.”

Using information from the environmental specialist and sustainability analyst Marish Cuenca, looked at tourist hot-spots in each continent and analysed how these locations could be affected by natural disasters, such as flooding, storms, acid rain, erosion, and more.

The research found that iconic city locations such as London, UK and New York City, USA could be almost entirely submerged by 2050 – as annually rising sea levels continue to place a strain on coastal areas and riverbanks.

A picure of the effects that climate change could have on London, United Kingdom. Picture: Supplied

Meanwhile, islands such as Japan’s Okinawa Island could be set to become fully underwater, as sea levels are expected to rise by up to 1 metre by the end of the century.

This could mean that the island paradise, along with its iconic Kaichu Road, could sadly no longer exist within the next 30 years.

Flooding is a major concern for many of the locations included in the research, with Manila (Philippines), Kolkata (India), and California (USA) also set to see significant land loss due to increasing sea levels as a result of melting ice caps.

But flooding wasn’t the only threat covered in the research, with the report also finding that Hawaii, USA could be set to see increased volcanic activity – causing lava flows to spew onto the roads – and earthquakes that leave road surfaces cracked and unstable.

Additionally, the Greater Cairo region in Egypt could be subjected to acid rain – which, although unable to harm human skin, could cause significant damage to the famous Pyramids of Giza that are located there.

Although climate change is undoubtedly having a significant impact across the world, that is why it is of importance to take action – no matter how small – to cut your carbon footprint while travelling.