Most Significant Places on Earth

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These are the places most rich in biodiveristy and supporting rare species of plants and animals. These are the most precious places on Earth and significant to maintain the balance of nature.

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Over the past 50 years, temperatures in parts of the continent have jumped nearly 37 degrees—a rate five times faster than the global average. Antarctica

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Rising ocean levels resulting from global warming are a threat to the low-lying Venice, which is made up of 118 small islands on a lagoon that sits at sea level. Flooding from the Adriatic Sea's high tides has become dire in the last 60 years. VENICE, ITALY

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Between 1950 and 1980, about half of the Himalayas' glaciers were shrinking. That number hit 95 percent in 2010, and scientists predict that the entire Himalayan land mass may be slashed 43 percent by 2070. The Himalayas

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The extreme heat waves and frosts that come with climate change affect soil conditions, so much so that the world's most prestigious wine regions from Bordeaux to Rioja to Napa Valley could be unable to grow quality grapes by the end of the century. Wine Region

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At current deforestation rates, 55 percent of the Amazon's 1.4 billon acres of rain forests could be gone by 2030. (Overexpansion of agriculture, illegal logging, and climate change are all to blame.) The Amazon

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Increased carbon dioxide emissions are causing glaciers in the Alps to melt rapidly; according to scientists, most of them could be gone by as early as 2030. In some areas of the 600-mile mountain range, glaciers are shrinking by 3 percent every year. The Alps

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Within this nursery of the seas live 76% of the world’s coral species, 6 of the world’s 7 marine turtle species, and at least 2,228 reef fish species. Rising temperature from global warming may cause higher rates of coral mortality and even local extinction in isolated, small populations. Coral Triangle

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Located 1,000km due west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the islands are home to many unique species found nowhere else in the world . The islands have seen dramatic changes, including a surge in population and an expanding tourism industry as well as threats from pollution, illegal fishing and invasive species . Galapagos Islands

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Bordered by Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine, the Black Sea and its surrounding areas are marked by majestic scenery and a rich cultural and natural heritage. The region’s natural wealth, however, is under severe pressure. Pollution , oil spills, marine traffic, invasive species and overfishing threaten the sea and rivers. The Black Sea

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The island nation is often referred to as the 8th continent . Sadly, less than 10% of Madagascar's original forest cover exists today. Most has been cleared for agriculture, cattle grazing and firewood. Madagascar

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The Mediterranean sea is the largest enclosed sea in the world with 46,000 km of coastline. Archaeological data show that lush forests once grew abundantly across the Mediterranean basin. Now just 17 per cent of the original forest cover is left. Fires, excessive agriculture and timber use have all taken their toll. The Mediterranean

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These waters are home to the critically endangered Orinoco crocodile , river dolphins, giant river otters, the giant anaconda and more than 1,000 fish species. The river and its surrounding areas are threatened by pollution and mining activities.  Large areas of the flooded forests have been cleared for agriculture and cattle ranching. Orinoco River Basin

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Stretching some 1,600km from the north of Mumbai to the southern tip of India – Western Ghats are a biodiversity hotspot that contains a large proportion of the country's plant and animal species. The growth of populations around protected areas and other forests has also led to habitat destruction, increased fragmentation, wildlife poaching and human-wildlife conflict. Western Ghats

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Yangtze river basin, China, is one of the most significant ecosystems in the world. Densely populated and heavily industrialized cities have led to high levels of pollution and habitat loss. Deforestation and loss of wetlands to agriculture have increasingly led to floods. Yangtze Basin

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The Greater Mekong contains the largest combined tiger habitat in the world—540,000 km 2  or roughly the size of France. But over the last 10 years or so, numbers of this amazing feline have crashed by 70% in this part of the world . Greater Mekong

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