Over the centuries, plenty of earthly wonders have been destroyed. Some have been toppled by natural disasters like earthquakes or volcanoes, others have been shattered by conflict. Plenty more still have been devastated by the slow march of time itself.
But right now we face the rapid destruction of several wonders of the world by a phenomenon that is entirely our own fault. Climate change is the most severe threat currently facing the planet, and it’s set to transform the world as we know it.
In 2020, the IUCN World Heritage Outlook warned that 7 percent of all natural wonders faced ‘critical’ threat due to the climate crisis, and that 30 percent were of ‘significant concern’. And of course, there are plenty of man-made wonders under threat, too: some of our most phenomenal creations might not make it to the end of the century.
Global warming causes ice caps to melt and sea levels to rise, but that’s only one of the threats faced by tourist destinations around the world. Climate change will also cause droughts and wildfires, with entire ecosystems likely to collapse. Here are eight wonders of the world that are most at risk from extreme weather conditions right now.
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