What does the future hold for Everglades National Park, Rwenzori Mountains, Aldabra Atoll, Great Barrier Reef, Machu Picchu or Rocky Mountain Park? According to a recent study published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), of UNESCO’s 241 World Heritage sites, 62 sites are currently “threatened by climate change,” compared to just 35 in 2014.
Commenting on the worrying findings of the report, IUCN Executive Director Inger Andersen said: “The increase and speed at which we have seen this trend evolve in just three years has shocked us, and the report warns that the number is likely to increase. ”
Sites at risk include China’s Wulingyuan, Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park, Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, the Wadden Sea, Los Glaciares National Park and the Aldabra Atoll.