(CNN) — From the sinking city of Venice to the mass bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, climate change is drastically impacting some of the world’s most treasured heritage sites. To date, over 1,000 bucket-list locations have earned a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage list on account of their “outstanding universal value” to humanity. But, 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. Perhaps the starkest example is Greenland’s impressive Ilulissat Icefjord, a World Heritage site where the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier is literally melting before our eyes, partly because of global warming. Icebergs that broke off from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier in Ilulissat, Greenland. Joe Raedle/Getty Images “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… Read full this story
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