cultural heritage


Aerial view of the great barrier reef in Australia
Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Lock the Gate Alliance (Flickr)

Climate Change is the Fastest Growing Threat to World Heritage

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

Nineteen extraordinary places were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list this week, including Buddhist temples in South Korea, the forests and wetlands that form the ancestral home of the Anishinaabeg people in Canada, and the ancient port city of Qalhat in Oman. But amongst all the congratulations and good feeling that comes with adding sites to list of the world’s most important places, there was little or no serious talk about the implications of climate change. Read more >

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Panorama of the town of Keswick, nestled between the fells of Skiddaw and Derwent Water in the Lake District, Cumbria, England. Photo: David Iliff CC BY-SA 3.0 (Wikicommons)

New World Heritage Sites Already Under Threat From Climate Change

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

At least four of the new World Heritage sites designated by UNESCO at the annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee this week are under serious threat from climate change. Read more >

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Cedar Mesa Citadel ruins in Bears Ears National Monument. One of thousands of tribal cultural and archaeological sites there. Photo: U.S. Bureau of Land Management

President Trump’s Assault on the Antiquities Act Signals Trouble for National Parks and Monuments

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

Without the Antiquities Act, now under attack by the Trump administration as part of its strategy to roll-back environmental protections and open public lands to increased exploitation for coal, oil and minerals, we might never have had the benefit of the Grand Canyon, Olympic or Acadia national parks. An attack on national monuments is an attack on us all, and the histories we share. Read more >

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Extreme rainfall events have severely damaged the adobe church at Tumacácori National Historic Park in Arizona. Photo: NPS

How Will the National Park Service Protect America’s Heritage from Climate Change?

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

The National Park Service has released an ambitious new strategy to manage the nation’s cultural resources in a rapidly changing climate. Read more >

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Arctic Breaks Many Records – Arctic Report Card 2016

, senior climate scientist

Since 2006, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued an annual peer-reviewed assessment of the Arctic. The tenth assessment was released on December 13, 2016.  Arctic Report Card 2016 is remarkable for two reasons.

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Table created by Brenda Ekwurzel based on findings in Arctic Report Card 2016
Arctic Report Card 2016 Fig 4.3
Arctic Report Card 2016 Figure 12.1
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