UNESCO natural sites at risk : IUCN Report

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Submitted by: Madhur Yadav

Edited by: Shubhrika Bahadur Satyawakta

 

According to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report the Climate change is causing major harm to UNESCO natural sites. If world doesn’t take preventive measures it can cause devastating results. Coral reefs are most affected and are amongst the ecosystems most threatened by global warming. Coral reefs bleaches as ocean heats up causing glaciers to melt. They are underwater ecosystem of calcium carbonate formed by skeletons of living organisms. The world heritage coral reefs have been affected by “devastating” bleaching events in the recent years.

Major things in reports such as the harmful effects of climate change on UN-listed natural heritage sites, including glaciers and wetlands have doubled. The number of UNESCO natural sites at risk has grown to 62 from 35 in 2014. 29% of UNESCO natural sites faced “dangerous” threats.  On 71st anniversary of UNESCO we shall take a pledge to protect our environment. We should live in the harmony with nature.

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Lagoons of New Caledonia – Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems, France. Courtesy – IUCN / Dan Laffoley
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Kilimanjaro National Park- Tanzania. Courtesy – IUCN / Elena Osipova
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Huascaran National Park, Peru. Courtesy – IUCN / Elena Osipova
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Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Courtesy – IUCN / Celia Zwahlen