While it’s no secret that climate change is a hot-button topic, there continues to be new research that uncovers the breadth of harm that could be left in its wake. In the latest news, from CNN, the future of UNESCO World Heritage sites looks especially grim. Many UNESCO World Heritage sites, if not shrunk or damaged, could be completely wiped out as a result of climate change.

As Katy Scott writes, “If the world continues to warm — driven predominately by human activity through greenhouse gas emissions — many of these landmarks may lose some of those “outstanding” values or even cease to exist at all.” As the article continues:

“Virtually every World Heritage site has some level of threat from climate change,” said Adam Markham, deputy director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science advocacy NGO based in the United States.
At some locations the threat is obvious and imminent. Yellowstone National Park in the US, for example, is experiencing shorter winters with less snowfall, warmer rivers, shrinking lakes and wetlands, and longer fire seasons, according to a joint report by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNESCO and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Elsewhere, El Nño events are warming waters around the Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador and disrupting food supplies on which many Galápagos species rely. Rising sea levels and higher waves during storms are threatening to topple the mysterious moai statues on remote Rapa Nui — also known as Easter Island — in the southeastern Pacific Ocean.
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