Global warming isn’t just bad news for beach babes and polar bears: It could also be devastating for UNESCO World Heritage sites across the globe.

According to a new report, there are 31 World Heritage sites in 29 countries at risk due to rising temperatures and sea levels, melting glaciers, and intensified storms, droughts, and wildfires. These include major tourist attractions like Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and the city of Venice, Italy.

“Some Easter Island statues are at risk of being lost to the sea because of coastal erosion,” said Adam Markham, lead author of the report. “Many of the world’s most important coral reefs, including in the islands of New Caledonia in the western Pacific, have suffered unprecedented coral bleaching linked to climate change this year. Climate change could eventually even cause some World Heritage sites to lose their status.”

There is, however, one place conspicuously absent from the report: Australia. The Guardian reports that the Australian government requested that a chapter on the Great Barrier Reef — which is at risk from increased temperatures, ocean acidification, and coral bleaching — be removed from the list, fearing that its inclusion would hurt tourism. Australian climate scientist Will Steffen told the paper that the reef’s omission was “frankly astounding” and reminiscent of “the old Soviet Union.”

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See photos of some of the at-risk sites below — minus, of course, the Great Barrier Reef.

Easter Island

Easter Island.Ik T

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Djenne Mosque, Mali.



Stonehenge, England.Evgenii


Mesa Verde, Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, USA.Jirka Matousek


Llanganuco, Huascar?n National Park

Lake Llanganuco, Huascarán National Park, Peru.Martin Collazos


Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau.Vincent Ko Hon Chiu.


Wadi Rum Protected Area (Jordan)

Wadi Rum Protected Area, Jordan.Frederica Leone


Lake Malawi National Park (Malawi)

Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi.Dharma


A view of the Old Mosque on the island of Kilwa Kisiwani October 30, 2006. While agriculture is the mainstay for more than half of Tanzania's population, tourism grew by 8.2 percent in 2005 and it contributed 17.2 percent to the economy. Picture taken October 30, 2006. To match feature TANZANIA-TOURISM/ISLAND. REUTERS/Stringer (TANZANIA) - RTR1KOYS

Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania.REUTERS


An endangered mountain gorilla from the Bitukura family, is seen inside a forest in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the Ruhija sector of the park, about 550 km (341 miles) west of Uganda's capital Kampala, May 24, 2013. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest borders the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The total population of mountain gorillas worldwide is estimated at 880, half of which are to be found in Uganda's Bwindi forest. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (UGANDA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT) - RTXZZLA

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya