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Giant's Causeway, Northern Island

Listing on UNESCO's World Heritage List is a great honor for our global natural and cultural heritage sites, but the World Heritage program itself does not directly provide for protection. In fact, increased publicity of these sites can in some cases lead to increased threats from increased human visitation. As if threats from climate change are not enough, a recent study looks at the threats to natural world heritage sites from encroachment by humans.

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More than 100 natural world heritage sites degraded by human activity, says report

By Michael Slezack

The Guardian

January 30, 2017

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