Climate change is real, people! Ice sheets in Greenland, Antarctica, and the Arctic are melting, which means sea levels will rise all over the world. Not only will it threaten coastal communities and ecosystems, but it could also mean that some of our heritage sites may soon require a SCUBA license to see.
According to a 2014 paper in the journal Environmental Research Letters, more than a fifth of UNESCO’s 720 World Heritage sites are at risk of flooding or complete submersion by 2100!
If global temperatures reach the 3.6-degree Fahrenheit warming limit set out by the Paris Agreement, these heritage sites will soon become partly or completely submerged below local sea level.
1. The Statue of Liberty.
Tall and formidable as Lady Liberty may be, she’s still standing amid waters that are rapidly rising each year. The Statue of Liberty has stood in New York Harbor for 130 years, which isn’t as old as the other items on this list, but the 151-foot tall statue could soon start to deteriorate if the sea level rises up by 3 feet!
2. The Moai of Easter Island
Called Rapa Nui by the Polynesian people who originally settled in the island 2,000 years ago, they’ve become an iconic heritage site in Chile. However, considering they’re near the coast, they’re at risk of being ruined by the sea-level rise and coastal erosion already happening in their tiny island.
3. Sun Temple, Konark, India
This 800-year old temple is located on India’s west coast. UNESCO has called the sanctuary a “masterpiece of creative genius,” and it was constructed by 1,200 artisans over the course of 12 years. However, this masterpiece sits just 7 feet above sea level. That means if just one ice sheet collapses, it can be enough to overwhelm the site.
4. Sydney Opera House
It was dubbed by UNESCO as a “great architectural work of the 20th century.” But considering its placement at just 11 feet above sea level, the building’s may start to deteriorate with rising seas and increasing salt content.
5. The Ruins of Leptis Magna
Located in Libya, this site was once of the crown jewels of the Roman Empire. It’s one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world and contains remnants of several great civilizations like Berbers and Byzantium. But with the rising waters in the Sert Bay of the Mediterranean Sea, the ruins could be irreversibly damaged within the coming century.
6. Elephanta Caves
This archaeological site is located off the western coast of India, in Elephanta Island. It’s thought to be around 1,500 years old and houses some of “the most perfect expressions” of Indian art, according to UNESCO. But since the cave is already under pressure from monsoons, pollution, and the ravages of time, it might not be able to withstand the rising seas threatening to engulf the island.
Mont-Saint-Michel is a medieval town atop a small, rocky island in the middle of a muddy bay in Normandy, France. It’s accessible to tourists via mudflats during the low tide, but during the high tide, the island is inaccessible. But with just 2.8 degrees of warming, the base of Mont-Saint-Michel can be submerged in water.
Wasteland: The Post-Apocalyptic “Mad Max” Festival That Makes Burning Man Look Lame
Experience being one of the few survivors in a post-apocalyptic universe at the Wasteland Festival!
Imagine a festival where you can immerse yourself in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that combines the best parts of Mad Max, Dune, Borderlands and Fallout. There are only 2,500 people left on the planet divided into themed tribes of Skulduggers and Vermin Vagabonds, and they're all in one patch of dry earth. That's what the Wasteland Festival is all about.
Forget Burning Man! Chaos reigned supreme at the Mojave Desert that was briefly transformed into hell on earth last September. For four days, thousands of "survivors" joined the festivities just east of Bakersfield, California in creatively-constructed jalopies as they marvel at the epic bungee-battles in the venue's Thunderdome.
Wasteland is an immersive experience that requires everyone to wear a costume and stay in character during the festivities. And if you so much as consider crossing over from the fantasy or sci-fi universe, you best get moving because these hardcore survivors are having none of it!...
This Weird Mask Will Surely Make You Hilariously Horrifying This Coming Halloween
Could be NSFW.
Halloween is all about wearing the scariest, sluttiest, and weirdest thing you can think of - and we've seen LOTS of weird Halloween looks all around. But one look at this mask and I say this takes the cake for one of the most "horrifying" accessories around. Because nothing can make one feel more spooked out, grossed out, or even make you laugh out loud than a head mask that looks like the female genitalia.
This is probably the weirdest Halloween mask you'll see this year - a female genitalia-inspired mask!
If you ask me, it looks like Lord Voldemort's face with a clitty for a nose. Looking at its monstrously realistic glory, I bet you want to ask Why?!? Why make something like this and who would want to wear it?!? and fight the urge to vomit or get into a fetal position and try to un-see the disturbing imagery....
This Father Does Everything He Can to Protect His Daughter During a Zombie Apocalypse
Need a zombie movie that’s different from the rest? Check out this short film!
You've all probably seen the wildly popular Korean movie, Train to Busan, that chronicles the struggles of a father protecting his daughter from danger during a zombie apocalypse in moving train. If that's the kind of theme that floats your boat, then you'll definitely love this short film by Australian duo Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke called Cargo. It was created on a budget of $3,800, and took a total of two days to make.
With no dialog and maximum cinematic impact, Cargo tells the story of a man and his baby daughter as they're caught in a world filled with bloodthirsty zombies. Unlike in Train to Busan where the main character's kid is already old enough to follow instructions and keep herself away from harm, the child in this short film is just a baby who could cry at any minute and alert the zombies.
The film is heartbreaking, thrilling, and sometimes hard to watch. There's just the right balance of of anticipation and fear, though it's nowhere near the typical zombie chase movie. It is, however, a movie about racing against time. You'll see why immediately....