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100 Places to Remember Before They Disappear

April 14, 2010

I couldn’t clip out the introduction text from this article/slideshow but it is an extensive, although individually brief, listing of endangered areas around the world due to the impacts of climate change/population impacts/etc.  Nice photos for each location listed.

Full Article at:  http://www.newsweek.com/id/236064

1. Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.A

The fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is one of the wettest spots on earth. Large parts of the mountainous island are swathed in cloud. These lush and mossy forests are home to the colorful Hawaiian honeycreeper, an endangered bird species. Even small shifts in rainfall patterns could cause major local changes, putting the islands’ distinct ecosystem under severe stress.

27. Congo Basin

This vast region contains the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest, surpassed only by the Amazon. The Congo Basin is especially species-rich; the Ituri forest is home to okapis, chimpanzees, leopards, and elephants. Although 90 percent of the region is now untouched, logging could eliminate half the forest by midcentury.

Full Article at:  http://www.newsweek.com/id/236064

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