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Marseille, Alexandria and Istanbul prepare for Mediterranean tsunami
Risk of significant tsunami within next 30 years is nearly 100%, Unesco says, as it urges coastal cities to become ‘tsunami-ready’

Karen McVeigh

23, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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US tourist throws scooter down Rome’s Spanish Steps, causing €25,000 damage
Incident at world heritage site comes fortnight after another tourist drove a Maserati down the steps

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

08, Jun, 2022 @12:30 PM

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Rome’s cultural elite write to Unesco over ‘mortifying’ scenes of rubbish
Artists, professors and environmentalists appeal to world body to remind council of duty to clean up mess

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

07, Jun, 2022 @12:39 PM

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Tanzania’s Maasai appeal to west to stop eviction for conservation plans
Thousands of Indigenous people sign letter to UK, US and EU protesting at appropriation of land for tourist safaris and hunting

Katie McQue

22, Apr, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Iraq’s ancient buildings are being destroyed by climate change
Water shortages leading to rising salt concentrations and sandstorms are eroding world’s ancient sites

Hannah Lynch

15, Apr, 2022 @11:44 AM

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‘The knowledge of our elders’: India’s living root bridges submitted to Unesco
Meghalaya state hopes for world heritage status for unique bridges, which can take decades to create

Amrit Dhillon in Delhi

01, Apr, 2022 @10:26 AM

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Great Barrier Reef authority confirms unprecedented sixth mass coral bleaching event
Aerial surveys show almost no reefs across a 1,200km stretch escaping the heat, prompting scientists to call for urgent action on climate crisis

Graham Readfearn

25, Mar, 2022 @4:14 AM

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UN mission must see coral bleaching to get ‘whole picture’ of Great Barrier Reef, experts say
Government’s reef envoy says visiting scientists ‘have to see the good and the bad’ as widespread bleaching confirmed

Graham Readfearn

23, Mar, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Unesco to visit Great Barrier Reef as coral bleaching risk rises
Environment groups say visiting scientists must be given true picture of the reef, ahead of world heritage committee meeting in June

Graham Readfearn

10, Mar, 2022 @3:54 AM

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Japan and South Korea in row over mines that used forced labour
Seoul furious at Japanese bid for Unesco listing for Sado gold mine complex, which used slave labour in the 1940s

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

19, Feb, 2022 @2:30 PM

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Greta Thunberg condemns UK firm’s plans for iron mine on Sami land
Beowulf Mining ‘hopeful’ for decision on mine in Sápmi despite opposition from activist, UN and Swedish church

Daniel Boffey in Jokkmokk, Sweden

11, Feb, 2022 @10:32 AM

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Unesco warns of crisis in creative sector with 10m jobs lost due to pandemic
Artists finding it harder than ever to make a living despite being part of one of the fastest growing industries

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

08, Feb, 2022 @4:00 AM

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