World Heritage sites under threat from climate change

Univ of Sussex

New research warns that UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Medieval City of Rhodes, are under severe threat of coastal erosion and flooding due to rising sea levels within the next 100 years.

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  • Half a degree matters to curb disaster risk The difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming may not seem significant. But research shows that failing to limit global warming at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels will significantly increase disaster risk.
  • Climate changes require better adaptation to drought

    Aarhus Univ

    New research finds that heat and drought will both challenge crop production in Europe, but drought in particular will be a problem. While it seems irrelevant to separate heat from drought, this distinction is important because the defence mechanisms of plants against drought are different from those used to protect against heat stress.

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    Improved understanding of risk is rarely enough to prompt meaningful action among people because of their personal and social situations. Communication must therefore reflect this complexity with sophisticated approaches, and should be treated as a process. But many initiatives fall short because of inadequate skills and knowledge, funding and scope, and evidence.

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