Right now, world leaders in Paris are trying to stop climate change from altering the world inexorably. But for hundreds of thousands of people who live in some low-lying nations, it’s already late in the game.
If the 350 thousand-odd Maldivians want to stay put, they may have to rebuild everything, starting with the ground they walk on.
This strangely beautifully and claustrophobic island city is Male, the capital of the Maldives. Like the rest of the archipelago and other cities around the world, it may disappear soon thanks to climate change.
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel in the Indian Ocean has a stunning undersea restaurant. To celebrate its 5th anniversary, the hotel turned the restaurant into a private bedroom for two with a fancy champagne dinner and breakfast in bed.
Doesn't that look tranquil? Even those scared of flying would feel at ease, surrounded by all that water, and inside the hundreds of mini skylights. It's part of a concept brief for the transformation of their Hanimaadhoo Island airport.
The Maldives. I would like to go back there, become a dive instructor, and live a simple happy life. And I want this to be my house, five meters below the surface, off the coast of Rangali Island.
The Maldives, a small nation consisting of 1,200 islands is gradually disappearing as sea levels rise. In an attempt to save the place, their government has signed off on the development of several "floating facilities" like this one.
The Maldives, a stretch of islands off the coast of Sri Lanka, are so close to sea level that global warming poses a serious threat. So the government held a cabinet meeting underwater to bring attention to the problem.
The UN predicts that by 2100, climate change could cause sea levels to rise by as much as 59 centimeters. For the Maldives, an island nation whose highest point sits roughly two meters above sea level, such a drastic change would put most of the country underwater. Fearing a Waterworld scenario, the new Maldivian…