June 19, 2016

World heritage sites endangered by climate change


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the United Nations Environment Program and the Union of Concerned Scientists, [have identified] 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites across 29 countries that are vulnerable to a range of climate change-related impacts, from increasing temperatures, melting glaciers and rising sea levels to extreme weather events, intensifying droughts and more frequent and more severe wildfires.

"Climate change could eventually even cause some World Heritage sites to lose their status," said Adam Markham, lead author of the report and deputy director of the Climate and Energy Program at UCS.

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