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Over-consumption and drought reduce lake in vital Spanish wetland to puddle
Experts and environmentalists say aquifer feeding Doñana national park, a Unesco heritage site, has been overexploited for tourism and to water fruit farms

Sam Jones in Madrid

05, Sep, 2022 @1:38 PM

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Much more than a snack: why the UN owes it to the world to recognise pretzels as a cultural treasure
Pizza, couscous and ginger biscuits already have ‘intangible cultural heritage’ status. How can Unesco deny it to Germany’s knotted breadstick?

29, Aug, 2022 @3:27 PM

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Sacred ground: the ancient grove where Yoruba traditions are reborn
A centuries-old festival on the banks of the Osun River in Nigeria has seen prayers answered down the ages. Now it faces a modern challenge – pollution

Emebiriodo Ugochukwu and Emmanuel Akinwotu

18, Aug, 2022 @6:45 AM

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Durham miners’ hall applies for Unesco world heritage status
Redhills assembly hall, built in 1915, joins group application for same status as pyramids and Taj Mahal

Mark Brown North of England correspondent

03, Aug, 2022 @12:23 PM

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Ukrainian borscht recognised by Unesco with entry on to safeguarding list
UN body adds Ukrainian borscht-making to list of intangible cultural heritage that includes Neapolitan pizza-slinging

Ashifa Kassam

01, Jul, 2022 @5:40 PM

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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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