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Climate change is impacting your favorite vacation destinations. Here’s how.

Picture your favorite vacation spots. Now imagine your favorite ski resort with no snow, a coral reef barren of fish, or a tropical island without any beaches.

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Alps, many of the world’s most iconic destinations are in danger from climate change. Warming oceans are already bleaching coral reefs and as sea levels rise, entire islands could disappear underwater. A changing climate also bears bad news for ski destinations as experts predict that alpine resorts could lose up to 70% of their snow cover by the end of the century.

Read on to discover how climate change is impacting the places you visit and what the implications might be for your favorite vacation destinations.

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Vail, Colorado: What a Sustainable Mountain Resort Destination Looks Like

With their allure of outdoor adventure and breathtaking wilderness, mountain resorts are ever-popular tourism destinations. In fact, according to UNEP, mountain areas generate about 15-20 percent of global tourism. As with any popular tourism destination, it is important to make sure that growth and development in mountain resorts happens in a sustainable manner. After all, a thriving community and healthy environment keeps everyone happy – visitors and locals, alike.   But what does it mean to be a sustainable destination? And more specifically, what does it mean to be a sustainable mountain resort destination?