The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a list of heritage sites in peril because of global warming. According to the lead author, Adam Markham, climate change is disturbing World Heritage Sites around the world. The report listed sites in twenty nine countries that are in peril because of increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, wildfire, droughts and melting glaciers.
UNESCO published thirty one sites that are in peril because of global warming. The bad news is that some of the loved tourist sites appeared in the list. Here are some places included in the list:
When in Italy, tourists never miss Venice and The Venetian Lagoon. It is truly a gem that entices tourists who see the iconic canals as well as the architecture. You should know that this gem will soon perish if problems with global warming are not addressed on time. Sea level is a big threat thereby endangering the buildings of the city.
- Hoi An
Vietnam is one of the spots here in Asia popular to Singaporeans specially their Hoi An is considered as an “ancient town”. Hoi An is already suffering from floods. The flooding is intensified because of climate change. Hoi An boasts of well-preserved 15th to 19th century buildings nestled in their harbour town.
- The Stonehenges
Stonehenge is a wonder. It continues to baffle everyone up to this time. The prehistoric stone circle is affected by intensified rainfalls leading to flash floods.
- Easter Island
In Chile, there are famous statues in Easter Island. These statues were created in 1,200 AD. The bad news is that these prehistoric statues are in danger from rising sea levels. It doesn’t end there because storms always pass by the island and it wear away the podium and faces.
- Galapagos Island
The Galapagos Island is found in Ecuador. It is famous because it is the home of diverse species of animals and plants. The island is also known for its contribution to Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The islands is at risk because of human presence because of increased tourism around the island.
- The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty in United States is the epitome of democratic freedom and engineering feat. It is in peril because of the storms and hurricanes. Storms and hurricanes in United States are now characterized by increasing fierceness.
- Rice Terraces
Rice Terraces is the pride of the Ifugao people and the whole of the Philippines. The Ifugao used the terraces to cultivate rice for more than 2,000 years. Heavy rainfall as well as rising temperatures pose a threat.