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Venice, Italy in 2010
Venice, Italy in 2010
photograph by Roberto Trm, via Flickr

Atlantis, the ancient island of legend submerged under water, is turning true in modern life . Life on earth is losing ground to rising sea levels and water-bloated ceilings in oceanfront masterpieces won’t be the end of it. They will mark the beginning of the end of coastlands. In fact, the cataclysm that brought destruction to a mythic civilization in 9560 B.C. has already begun in this century when it comes to our culture, our heritage.

A recent study indicates that many of UNESCO 720 World Heritage Sites will be no more. The study “Loss of cultural world heritage and currently inhabited places to sea-level rise,” conducted by the University of Innsbruck and Potsdam University, reports that a lot of Cultural World Heritage sites are at risk because they’re located by bodies of water. Examples include the Sydney Opera House, the entire city of Venice, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and the Statue of Liberty.

The concern is that cultural life at risk worldwide gets little mention. A University of Exeter-led research by an international team contends that reports of climate change would matter more to nations if their at-risk landmarks got a mention.

In the words of Professor Katrina Brown from the University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability Institute, "The evidence is clear; when people experience the impacts of climate change in places that matter to them, the problems become real and they are motivated to make their futures more sustainable."

If the rising water level keeps up and you’re anything like me, you’ll miss your days at the beach because there won’t be any beach.

The 1959 flick “On The Beach” about a global nuclear war that ended the world took place in the last place to die - an Australian beach town where the townsfolk knew their end was coming. Someone ought to make a movie about what our world would look like if we all survive, but without our vestiges.

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