A photo of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.
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The Statue of Liberty, Uganda's gorilla forest, Stonehenge and Venice – the United Nations Thursday listed 31 protected sites threatened by sea level rise, drought and other climate change effects.Researchers reviewed existing data and reports to measure the climate-specific threat to 31 sites in 29 countries, ranging from coral reefs and tropical forests to deserts and archaeological icons.Representatives of 195 nations agreed in Paris last December to limit average global warming to "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels, and 1.5 C if possible.Scientists say that even a 2 C increase will mean a land-gobbling sea level rise, longer and more frequent droughts, dramatically-altered storm and rainfall patterns, and increasingly acute water shortages.
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