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7 of the World’s Most Beautiful and Threatened Beaches

7 of the World’s Most Beautiful and Threatened Beaches

It’s summer and for most of us, that means at least one trip to the nearest beach. Splashing in the ocean, soaking up the sun, sinking my toes into the sand: these are sensations only the beach can provide. Sadly, our pollution and exploitation of all the ocean has to offer has put the world’s most beautiful beaches in jeopardy. In 100 years, a beach-side vacation may be something people only read about in books.

7 of the Worlds Most Beautiful and Threatened Beaches

1. Rhossili, Wales

Rhossili Bay Gower peninsula

Rhossili, a world-famous five-mile sweeping bay located on the tip of the Gower peninsula in southwest Wales, is in danger because of erosion caused by global warming and climate change.

2. Goa, India

beach goa india

“People around the world picture Goa as the ultimate beach destination and what adds to the charm is the lush green environs of the state. But locals and conservationists fear that iron ore mining companies in India are not only spoiling the natural beauty of the region, but threatening the lives of many wild animals stricken out of their forest homes,” reports

3. Railay, Thailand

Railay Beach Thailand

“I genuinely fear for Railay,” writes travel blogger Adventurous Kate. ”I’m afraid that it will become the next Koh Phi Phi, the entire island smelling like sewage because the infrastructure can’t handle the number of visitors.”

4. Koh Rong Island, Cambodia

Cambodia Beach

“Koh Rong Island is an inexpensive, unspoiled island getaway with turquoise-green waters, miles of powder-white beaches, endless palm trees, untouched fishing villages and only a handful of beachfront bungalows,” reports BBC Travel. But don’t wait too long if you want to see it that way. “In 2006, Kithr Meng, a Cambodian tycoon, purchased a 99-year lease on the island from the Cambodian government. His 20-year plan includes building an airport for small aircrafts, a marina, a golf course, casinos and several five-star resorts.”

5. Seychelles, Indian Ocean


In the past decade, the rising sea level has taken a bite out of this spectacular strip of shore in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar. “Rising temperatures and the melting of polar ice caps are blamed for raising ocean levels and threatening to destroy the nation’s pristine coastline – the country’s No 1 tourist attraction. Some of the archipelago’s low-lying islands could be fully submerged if the rise continues,” reported the National.

6. Magdalen Islands, Quebec

The approximately 13,000 residents of Magdalen Islands have watched intensifying natural forces threaten the boundaries of their home in recent years. “Warmer winters and fiercer storms, rising seawaters and the slow sinking of the islands are responsible for an alarming loss of coastline, and the erosion appears to be accelerating,” reports Canadian Geographic.

7. Miami Beach, Florida

In May 2014, a new scientific report on global warming, the National Climate Assessment, named Miami as one of the cities most vulnerable to severe damage as a result of rising sea levels.

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1:16AM PST on Jan 23, 2015

Live long and prosper!

11:38PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

Beautiful, thank you.

11:38PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

Beautiful, thank you.

12:36PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

So, what can we do to begin saving these beaches and others? I sign tons of petitions and donate when I can but what else? Care2 needs to add suggestions to these articles as to what we can do. Thanks for the heads up though.

5:21PM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

This article encourages me to go visit the Magdalene Islands, something I haven't done yet, though they're right here, in my province. It's a shame it took a climate threat to coax me into going!

4:52AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Barb p.

1:55AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

I think they r more threatened by all the tourists

10:03PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014


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8:47AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

Save beaches threatened by sea level rise by fighting climate change - stop 1000 tons of CO2 emissions by saving acres of rainforest for the cost of a cup of coffee:

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