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Half of World Heritage Sites at Risk From Fossil Fuel Development and Other Industries
Nearly half the world's natural heritage sites are threatened by various forms of industrial development, according to a new report. The World Wildlife Fund says extractive industries and other large projects pose a clear risk to at least 114 of 229 global sites identified by the organization.
A full two-thirds of the sites in sub-Saharan Africa are under threat and 46 sites are recorded as facing multiple threats, including Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos Islands. The report calls on governments to restrict industrial activities in these areas and demands accountability from the businesses whose operations are damaging these landmarks.
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