In light of the recent events, we realised that there are many places that might just disappear off the face of the earth and we may never visit it. For example, Chennai was listed in the NYTimes as one of the fifty must visit places in the world, however, the floods have put a major setback on that. Being a Chennaite at heart, decided to check on what are the other places in the world that would submerge if water level rises
The cultural capital and also the second largest city of Russia is situated on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. All those colourful building with beautiful domes which come up every time you search Russia are buildings from St. Petersburg.
What would we lose: The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg, UNESCO World Heritage sites and The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. Many spy and action movie series will come to an end.
For all those who crave for a Euro trip, you already know what we are referring to. And for others, Amsterdam is this beautiful city which is also the capital of Netherlands while the name refers to a dam on the river Amstel. Which means it is quite prone to disasters.
What would we lose: The oldest stock exchange along with historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops will be underwater.
New York City
Situated on one of the world’s largest natural harbours, New York has a heavy impact upon various fields like commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment and United Nations.
What would we lose: There are too many things one would lose, like Hollywood lose all TV series that are based in New York, museums, United Nations headquarters, Central Park and stock exchange.
It is the world’s largest city proper by population*. It is located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China but is the heart of one of the dominating countries of the world. It is the other prime global financial center as well as a transport hub with the world’s busiest container port.
What would we lose: Historical landmarks such as the Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden.The extensive Lujiazui skyline, skyscrapers, and major museums depicting China through the ages.
One of the places where Indians may settle down with ease is Sydney. It is situated on Australia’s east coast and consists of the world’s largest natural harbour. Due to the migrant population it is one the worlds’ largest multicultural city.
What would we lose: Its natural features such as Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, Bondi Beach, and the Royal Botanic Gardens and man-made attractions like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Dan brown’s latest book re-discovers Istanbul in his last novel making it look more majestic than ever before. You may have caught a glimpse of it in the movie Dil Dhakadne Do as well. It is a transcontinental city located on the sea link road between Black sea and the sea of Marmara.
What would we lose: Hagia Sophia, Blue mosque, Basilica Cistern( popular for a scary glimpse of Medusa), current sea trade routes and historical imprints of all the trades that happened ages ago.
San Francisco consisting of a land area of 121 square kms is heavily prone to natural disasters as it sits on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula. It is one of the busiest and densely populated cities on the west coast.
What would we lose: Summer vacations, steep rolling hills, architectural landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, and its Chinatown district. Most importantly the silicon valley of the States.
A prime city of India which also the commercial and the financial capital of the country is situated near the Arabian Sea. A lot of the city has been created by using the reclaimed land. Also, it has a very deep natural harbour.
What would we lose: Bandra world sea link, Gateway of India, Bombay Stock Exchange and BOLLYWOOD. Need we say more after this.
Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was first developed by the then Dutch East India Company as a supply station for Dutch ships. The city is famous for its harbour, Cape Floristic region, as well as well-known landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point.
What would we lose: Table Mountain, Robben Island, African Penguins, V&A waterfront and the prison turned museum that once held Nelson Mandela.
Dubai is a commercial capital in the United Arab Emirates and is known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, a lively nightlife scene and the best place for Indians to earn more money. It is popular for some really out of this world man-made residential areas.
What would we lose: Palm islands (SRK’s Jannat), Burj Al Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, skyscrapers, desert scenes for action movies and a lot of jobs for us Indians.
Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital, has the perfect mix of the ultramodern and the traditional cultures. Tokyo is in the Kantō region of the southeastern side of the main island Honshu. The Michelin Guide has awarded Tokyo with by far the most Michelin stars of any city in the world.
What would we lose: Neon-lit skyscrapers, anime shops (manga fans alert), cherry trees and temples. cities which are liveable in terms of any and every aspect. But we believe the way Tokyo (Japan) functions, this could happen so easily.
Rio De Janerio
If you have played the game Angry Birds, you may know that it originated from the movie Rio which is a beautiful city in Brazil. It is popular for the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mt. Corcovado and Sugarloaf, a granite monolith with cable cars to its summit.
What would we lose: well some of the best beaches in the world, along with the Christ the Redeemer statue, exotic trekking destinations and all the real and not so angry birds.
Singapore, an island city-state off the southern Malaysia, is a global financial centre with a tropical climate, multicultural population and a must visit tourist/employment destination for Indians.
What would we lose: Lot of landmarks that are connected to the Indian culture, jobs and commercial hub of the world.
London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services and pretty much everything under the sun. Modern London is situated on the Thames river which is a tidal river by nature.
What would we lose: Houses of Parliament, Big Ben clock tower, Westminster Abbey, London Eye observation wheel, Monopoly and the Bond series and so much more.
It’s not just monuments that would be lost but millions of people who have brought in so many new traditions. So try to do your bit in an attempt to not to contribute to the climate change.
Inspired by the Huffington post video on the consequences of climate change.
*City proper defined as “the population living within the administrative boundaries of a city or controlled directly from the city by a single authority”