A new report from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has highlighted 31 World Heritage Sites at risk of being seriously damaged by our changing climate.
Many of them are popular tourist destinations, and all of them would be devastating to lose many represent important pieces of our culture and history.
Here are five iconic landmarks that are in serious danger from climate change and what it would mean to lose them:
1. The Galpagos Islands could see its food web collapse, forcing animals that rely on it to abandon its shores.
Off the coast of Ecuador lies the stunning archipelago of the Galpagos Islands. It’s home to many species of animals, including tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions, and, yep, even penguins! There are tropical, sun-loving penguins in the Galpagos!
It’s a magical place.
Yellowstone became the world’s first national park when President Grant signed the Yellowstone Act in 1872, designating the region a public “pleasuring ground” (probably right before he realized how weird that sounded).
People from all over the world come to see Yellowstone’s jaw-dropping landscapes, cheer for the Old Faithful geyser, and see bison and moose, all the while wondering how to pluralize “bison” and “moose.”