Opera House among heritage sites threatened by rising seas

More than 100 world heritage sites could be lost to sea-level rise if current global warming trends continue, new research shows.

The researchers calculated the percentage of global land that would be below sea level if temperatures rise by 3C above pre-industrial levels over the next 2000 years.

The University of Innsbruck’s Professor Ben Marzeion said continuing trends would see 7% of currently populated land lost.

Sydney Opera House is one of 136 sites that would be impacted, along with the Statue of Liberty, Westminster Abbey, and the centres of Naples and St Petersburg, while seven countries would lose at least half of their land.

Read more at University of Innsbruck, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research