World Heritage Site

climate change

At Least One in Six World Heritage Glaciers Will Be Gone by 2100

In worst case scenarios, nearly half of these protected glaciers would disappear by the end of the century.
Becky Ferreira

Report Says Huge Sections of Australia's Great Barrier Reef Are Dead

Mass coral bleaching has destroyed at least 35 percent of the northern and central Great Barrier Reef, a major blow to the World Heritage Site that attracts about $3.59 billion US dollars in tourism each year.
Reuters News Agency

This Cheesemaker Is Aging Cheddar Down a 90-Metre Coal Mine

As Wales’ steelworks close, entrepreneurs are finding new uses for old industrial structures—including Susan Fiander-Woodhouse, who keeps 20-kilogram metal cases of cheese at the bottom of a Blaenafon mineshaft.
Johanna Derry

Kebabs Are Under Fire in This City's 'Ethnic Food Ban'

The city of Verona, which has World Heritage Site status, has banned the opening of any new restaurants that offer mostly “ethnic” or deep-fried food.
Alex Swerdloff

I Bet You’ve Never Seen This Many Goddamn Bats

Three million bats go on the hunt at Borneo’s Gunung Mulu National Park.
Rachel Pick

The UN Really Wants You to Vacation in an Abandoned Meat Factory

Nothing says fun in the sun quite like the guarantee of tetanus and a metric shit-ton of disgruntled cow ghosts.
Alex Swerdloff
Death of the Great Barrier Reef

UNESCO Is Examining Australia's Neglect of the Great Barrier Reef

Every July since 2012, UNESCO has threatened to place the Great Barrier Reef on their 'in-danger' list. In Part 1 of our two-part series, we're looking at Australia's efforts to avoid the listing
Julian Morgans
Death of the Great Barrier Reef

Will Dredge Spoil From the Reef Destroy the Caley Valley Wetlands?

The expansion of Abbot Point will no longer mean dumping dredge spoil on the reef. Instead it's to be dumped in a wetland, which creates a new set of problems.
Paul Gregoire
middle east

Islamic State Launch Pre-Dawn Assault on Iraq's 'Sacred City'

Samarrra is home to al-Askari shrine, a place of pilgrimage for Shia Muslims, but seen as sacrilegious by the Islamic State, who killed three people in morning attacks on the city.
Harriet Salem

Will a Slap On the Wrist Save Tasmania's Heritage Forests?

The World Heritage Committee has rejected Australia's bid to delist 74,000 hectares of heritage listed forest, which Tasmania was hoping to log. Not that'll make much difference. There's plenty of other stuff to cut down, mine or dredge.
Julian Morgans

Yemeni Plaster Workers are High on Khat

The Yemeni plaster workers tasked with preserving Sanaa's architectural history are high on khat.
Scott Preston