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UNESCO reveals 20 World Heritage Sites most at risk from climate change
Posted on 08/06/2016

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UNESCO has made public a report revealing which World Heritage Sites are most likely to be damaged or even disappear completely as temperatures across the planet creep up.

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  • Rock Islands, Palau
    Rock Islands, Palau

    The splendid coral reef that surrounds the Rock Islands, in Palau, is home to no less than 400 species of coral. But due to rising temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, these same corals are being damaged beyond repair by bleaching, a process which kills the coral and turns it a deathly white, driving away all marine life in the area.

  • Wadi Rum Protected Area, Jordan
    Wadi Rum Protected Area, Jordan

    This desert of canyons and soaring rocks became famous for its starring role in The Martian, alongside Matt Damon. Besides the beautiful views, this red desert hides over 45,000 carved rocks and walls decorated by civilizations as long as 12,000 years ago. Now the area is likely to become almost totally inaccessible due increasingly torrid conditions.

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

    Home to almost half of the world's remaining mountain gorilla population, Bwindi National Park is one of the last three places in the world where it is still possible to see these incredible primates. Now their habitat is becoming more restricted every day due to deforestation and rising temperatures in certain parts of the park.

  • Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland
    Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland

    It's not hard to see why this region of Greenland is at risk from constantly rising temperatures. The Jakobshavin glacier is considered the ground zero of global warming, registering record decreases in size every summer.

  • Stonehenge, England
    Stonehenge, England

    The stability of the most famous monoliths in the world is being steadily eroded by constantly worsening weather conditions, with increasing storms and floods washing away more and more of the ground surrounding them.

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From the incredible fjords of Greenland to the rich banks of Lake Malawi, global warming is threatening an innumerable amount of habitats across the planet. To give an idea of just how serious the situation is, UNESCO has released a list of its World Heritage Sites most at risk from rising temperatures and climate change.

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