Famous Heritage Sites Under Threat From ‘Climate Change’ Or Something

Every once in a while, the Cult of Climastrology will trot out some doomsaying regarding special places around the world. And like a bad penny (weird saying), it’s back

Statue of Liberty and Venice among sites at risk from climate change, says UN
‘Urgent and clear need’ to limit temperature rises to protect key sites from warming, rising seas and harsher weather

Climate change now poses the single biggest threat to the world’s most famous heritage sites – including the Galápagos islands, the Statue of Liberty, Easter Island and Venice – according to a UN sponsored report.

The researchers looked at 31 natural and cultural world heritage sites in 29 countries that are vulnerable to increasing temperatures, melting glaciers, rising seas, more intense weather, worsening droughts and longer wildfire seasons. They believe this number is the tip of the iceberg.

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There is an urgent and clear need to limit temperature rises to protect key heritage, the study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the UN heritage body Unesco and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) concludes.

So, doom, unless everyone follows the prescriptions of the Paris Climate Accords and lives like its 1499

The Statue of Liberty in New York is one of the sites at risk from rising sea levels and storms, illustrated by the devastating Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Global warming is raising sea levels and increasing the risk of floods, droughts and potentially fiercer storms, all of which can cause severe damage. The Galápagos islands, where Charles Darwin gained insights into evolution, and monuments and natural wonders from the port of Cartagena in Colombia to the Shiretoko national park in Japan, were also named as being under threat.

Sea rise around the Statue Of Liberty is around average, measuring just 2.84mm a year, equivalent to .93 feet of sea rise over 100 years. It’ll take quite a bit of time for it to just get to the top of the sea wall itself. As for the Galapagos? They’ve see warmer periods than today, the same for other parks.

Scientists involved in the report said it was vital to limit global warming to no more than 2C, regarded by experts as the limit of safety beyond which climate change is likely to become catastrophic and irreversible. Governments agreed at a landmark climate conference last December that they would cut greenhouse gas emissions to the level needed to prevent temperatures rising that high.

“Now, more than ever, we need countries to back up with action the promises they made in Paris,” said Markham, in a conference call with journalists on Thursday.

And that’s what this is about: propping up the Paris deal. With lots and lots of money and Government. Warmists can do their part by giving up their own use of fossil fuels and going completely carbon neutral.

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