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The Maldives

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The lowest lying nation on earth (at its highest elevation, it’s the same height as NBA
star Yao Ming), the Republic of Maldives is the canary in the coal mine for global warming. The
country’s president, Mohamed Nasheed, is determined to set a good example: he aims to rid the
country of fossil fuel, burning coconut husks for power and establishing massive wind and solar
plants in an effort to make the country carbon neutral by 2020. In case that doesn’t work,
land has been purchased in neighboring countries to house the country’s 380,000 inhabitants
who would be made homeless by a rise in sea level of just three feet.

How to See It Now: Stay at Banyan Tree
Vabbinfaru
, a 48-villa property built on the footprint of an existing resort with the intention
of preserving trees and preventing beach erosion.

Fastest Disappearing Natural Wonders

The Maldives

The lowest lying nation on earth (at its highest elevation, it’s the same height as NBA
star Yao Ming), the Republic of Maldives is the canary in the coal mine for global warming. The
country’s president, Mohamed Nasheed, is determined to set a good example: he aims to rid the
country of fossil fuel, burning coconut husks for power and establishing massive wind and solar
plants in an effort to make the country carbon neutral by 2020. In case that doesn’t work,
land has been purchased in neighboring countries to house the country’s 380,000 inhabitants
who would be made homeless by a rise in sea level of just three feet.

How to See It Now: Stay at Banyan Tree
Vabbinfaru
, a 48-villa property built on the footprint of an existing resort with the intention
of preserving trees and preventing beach erosion.

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Fastest Disappearing Natural Wonders

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