Special Report

Attractions That Are Being Destroyed by Climate Change

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The Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks are a very popular summer destination, known for wild horses roaming freely and, of course, beaches. But some areas of the island chain are disappearing due to more severe storms and rising sea levels brought on by global warming, as well as urban development. A part of Hatteras Island has already lost 75% of its original width.

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Antarctica

Antarctica — which attracts about 45,000 tourists a year, compared to about 5,000 in the 1990s — is a huge continent. While some parts have seen an increase in ice extent, many others are losing large chunks of ice. As a whole, the rate at which Antarctica is losing ice has tripled in the last 10 years. The West Antarctic Peninsula is warming faster than most parts of the planet. Large glaciers have retreated and others have collapsed completely, adding more water to oceans and increasing sea levels.

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