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Kat Kanning

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World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map
« on: September 22, 2006, 06:07 AM NHFT »

So the UN gets to decide this??


World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map

Thu Sep 21, 7:17 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - World Heritage sites such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef or Kathmandu in Nepal could be taken off the tourism map by 2020 due to the effects of climate change and too many visitors, a think tank said on Friday.
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In a report prepared for UK insurance company Churchill, the Center for Future Studies (CFS) listed 10 popular destinations that could be either permanently closed or have a visitor cap within 15 years.

"I'm reasonably confident we're going to see an increasing climate degradation that is going to impact on various places in the world with increasing severity," CFS director Frank Shaw told Reuters.

"Floods, storms, droughts, increasing and erratic temperatures will combine to bring about changes in destination choice for tourists."

Florida's Everglades in the United States, Athens in Greece, Croatia's Dalmatian coastline, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast in Italy as well as the Maldives are some of the other destinations at risk highlighted by the report.

The study drew on evidence provided by scientists, governments, as well as tourism and environmental organizations from around the world.

Tourism activity on the Great Barrier Reef, situated off Queensland state in Australia's northeast, injects an estimated two billion pounds into the local economy each year.

"There is a conflict between environmental concerns and commercial interests," added Shaw. "For some countries tourism represents a significant part of their gross domestic product.

"But there is evidence Australia and many other governments are considering what can be done to protect national assets."
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Lloyd Danforth

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Re: World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2006, 07:55 AM NHFT »

UN?
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Kat Kanning

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Re: World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2006, 08:30 AM NHFT »

The UN is in control of the world heritage sites.
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Lloyd Danforth

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Re: World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2006, 08:33 AM NHFT »

I'll call Condon and suggest he liberate the Everglades
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Re: World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2006, 09:15 AM NHFT »

I've recently been to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and Volcano Park in Hawaii. Yeah, with the internet, people will just forget these places. ::)

Actually, it's a good idea to visit anything protected by the UN -- their "protection" is apt to produce the opposite effect and these places will be gone.

Niagara Falls will be harnessed for "clean" energy.

The Grand Canyon will store black helicopters.

Don't get me started on the glaciers!
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Re: World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2006, 07:45 PM NHFT »


Niagara Falls will be harnessed for "clean" energy.


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Hydro Power: Niagara's Greatest Resource
The Niagara River is one of the world's greatest sources of hydroelectric power. The beauty of its wild descent from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario attracts millions of visitors each year. During its short course (56 km), the river drops 99 metres, with much of the spectacular plunge concentrated in a 13 km stretch of waterfalls and rapids.
Water was first diverted from the Canadian side of the Niagara River for generating electricity in 1893. A small 2,200 kilowatt plant was built just above the Horseshoe Falls to power an electric railway between the communities of Queenston and Chippawa.
   
  Today the churning river provides the driving force for almost 2 million kilowatts of electricity from a number of power plants on the Canadian side. The three largest are Sir Adam Beck Niagara Generating Station Nos. 1 and 2 and the nearby pumping-generating station. 
On the American side of the border, down river from the Falls, the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant and the Lewiston Pump Generating Plant, together generate more than 2.4 million kilowatts of electricity, enough to power 24 million 100-watt lightbulbs.   
Since 1958, Sir Adam Beck Generating Station No.2 has been Ontario Power Generation?s largest and one of its most reliable hydroelectric facilities. Guided tours will give you a glimpse into the history of the region?s power development and will reveal the unique ways the natural splendor of Niagara and hydroelectric generation have existed in harmony. 

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Re: World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2006, 08:15 PM NHFT »

UN?

Many countries, including the US, have given over some of their most precious natural sites to the jurisdiction of the UN.
These are now called "World Heritage" sites.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/

The UN basically claims that these pieces of land are now not owned by any one country but by the world.
http://whc.unesco.org/en/map/

This is how bit by bit they are dismantling countries using environmentalism as the excuse.
http://www.americanpolicy.org/un/whoownsourbio.htm

And y'all thought the UN was just some benificent organization that would reign in world terror? 

 :biglaugh: :biglaugh:


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Re: World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2006, 08:00 AM NHFT »

It has been a while, but I think the Great Smokey MTs in TN are part of the World Heritage BS.
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Re: World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2006, 08:22 AM NHFT »

It has been a while, but I think the Great Smokey MTs in TN are part of the World Heritage BS.

Indeed it is part of the BS. We may have to do something about this.
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Re: World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2006, 08:23 AM NHFT »

UNESCO's Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Brief Description
Stretching over more than 200,000 ha, this exceptionally beautiful park is home to more than 3,500 plant species, including almost as many trees (130 natural species) as in all of Europe. Many endangered animal species are also found there, including what is probably the greatest variety of salamanders in the world. Since the park is relatively untouched, it gives an idea of temperate flora before the influence of humankind.



Date of Inscription: 1983
Criteria: (vii)(viii)(ix)(x)

vii. to contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance;

viii. to be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features;

ix. to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals;

x. to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.
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