One of the wettest place on the planet, this Hawaiian island boasts stunning scenery and a unique habitat for wildlife. Even tiny changes in temperature and rainfall patterns threaten this fragile ecosystem.
Exports of produce such as bananas and coffee keep this poor nation alive, but hurricanes threaten the profitability of its farmland and therefore the stability of its economy. Hurricane Mitch in 1998 wiped out a large proportion of the country's infrastructure, and further storms threaten the future of this otherwise idyllic destination.
Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru
The majestic ice fields and glaciers of the Quelccaya ice cap in Peru cover an amazing 27 square miles. This area has reduced by 20 per cent since 1978 and if climate change continues at its present rate, the ice could disappear completely by the end of this century.
Mississippi River Delta, USA
This subtropical ecosystem of marshes, rivers and islands is home to a unique range of flora and fauna. The region is under threat from the storms which increasingly batter the coastal regions of Louisiana.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The 15,000km sq area of the Okovango Delta in Botswana is under threat from reduced precipitation and rising temperatures. These conditions would cause the bogs to dry out and increase the possibility of fires, forcing much of the wildlife, as well as the native tribes out of the area.
This honeymoon favourite consists of 1,200 islands, but 80 per cent of its land mass is less that one metre above sea level. Rising sea levels caused by global warming could see much of the Maldives submerged in the next few hundred years, and tropical storms could also threaten the tourist industry which islanders depend on for their livelihoods.
The west of Australia boasts some of the world's finest beaches as well as world-heritage status reefs. Sea levels have been rising higher than the global average in this picturesque region, threatening many of the area's natural tourist attractions.
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