Special Report

Summer Getaways We’re Losing to Climate Change

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Big Sur, California

Few places in the world experience as many of the different effects of climate change as California. In recent years, Big Sur and the central California coastline as a whole have experienced landslides, wildfires, and drought.

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White Cliffs of Dover, United Kingdom

An iconic English landmark, the White Cliffs of Dover have reportedly eroding ten times faster in the past 150 years than they did in the centuries before. The cliffs are especially easy to erode because they are made of chalk. Combine that with the increasing intensity of storms caused by climate change, and the White Cliffs of Dover are at serious risk of disappearing altogether.

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Bordeaux Vineyards, France

The French government is very strict about what types of grapes can be grown in which wine-making areas. But they have had to relax the rules in recent years, allowing some regions research and plant new grape varieties to keep up with the shifting growing seasons brought on by climate change. In Bordeaux, heat waves are forcing vineyards to adapt by changing what types of grapes will produce the best wine in the new climate.

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Great Barrier Reef, Australia

One of Australia’s most precious natural resources — and biggest tourist draws — is the Great Barrier Reef. The roughly 1,400 miles of coral have experienced two major bleaching events in recent years, killing off more than a quarter of the total reefs that make up the reef system. Reefs can be damaged or killed by increasing temperatures or changes to the nutrients in their environment. The reefs are living beings that make up an ecosystem for many other undersea creatures, but these ecosystems are disappearing

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