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June 2016: UNESCO details climate change effect on heritage sites

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Program and the Union of Concerned Scientists released a 108-page report detailing the threats to world heritage sites by rising sea levels, worsening droughts, wildfires and superstorms. The study examines 31 sites in 29 countries (of the more than 1,000 that exist in 163 countries worldwide), including Venice, Stonehenge, the Galapagos Islands, the port city of Cartagena, Colombia and Shiretoko National Park, Japan.

“Globally, we need to understand, monitor and address climate change threats to World Heritage sites better,” said Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, in a statement. “As the report’s findings underscore, achieving the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global temperature rise to a level well below two degrees Celsius is vitally important to protecting our world heritage for current and future generations.”

Bron: The Wire 05-06-2016

Read more on this subject:

World Heritage Centre
Hyperallergic
UNESCO/activities
United Nations News Centre
The New Yorker
UNESCO Media Services

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Bron: Inspirahouse.com

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