22 Cities Threatened By Global Sea Level Rise

Greenland | Cities Threatened by Global Sea Level Rise

It's happening. The West Antarctic ice sheet is melting. So is Greenland. And that means the global sea level is rising.

Some of Europe's oldest and most prominent cities will be erased by the sea. Southeast Asian beaches flooded. U.S. city streets to become swamp marshes.

A new study just published documents 49 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS) located in the Mediterranean are threatened by sea-level rise. Approximately one third of these WHS are located in Italy (15), followed by Croatia (7), Greece (4), and Tunisia (4). 

The sea level has risen 8 inches since 1990. Scientists project that the sea level will rise another 2 to 7 feet by the end of the century. The increase is due to the heat caused by CO2 emissions trapped in our atmosphere, which serves as the catalyst for the melting ice sheets across the globe.

We wanted to share a list of incredible and mind-blowing cities around the world that are about to be underwater. Now is the time to visit as many as you can and take in each cities' history and culture before it's ruined by the sea.

Make sure to take pictures to show your grandchildren, they probably don't believe these places actually existed.

Venice, Italy


Barcelona, Spain

Image by  Tyler Hendy

Image by Tyler Hendy


Nuuk, Greenland


New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Image by  Phil Roeder .

Image by Phil Roeder.

Victoria, Seychelles


New York City, New York, United States

Image by  valor kopeny

Image by valor kopeny


Bangkok, Thailand

Image by  Evan Krause

Image by Evan Krause


Istanbul, Turkey

Image by  Fré Sonneveld


Marseille, France



Image by  Khendi Lee

Image by Khendi Lee


London, England


Durban, South Africa

Image by  Chris Eason

Image by Chris Eason


Rome, Italy


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Image credit  Isabella Jusková

Image credit Isabella Jusková

St. Petersberg, Russia


Dubrovnik, Croatia

Image by  John Weinhardt


Kolcatta, India

Kolkata India Museum


Miami, Florida

Image by  Mohmed Althani


Tokyo, Japan


Alexandria, Egypt

Image by  Osama Awny

Image by Osama Awny


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Image by    Diego Delso     , Wikimedia Commons, License      CC-BY-SA 3.0

Image by Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 3.0


Nanumea, Tuvalu

Image by  Russavia

Image by Russavia

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