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ClimateThreats 04-05

Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Rajendra Pachauri prepares to present a report on climate change at the EU Charlemagne building in Brussels today.

Natural wonders at risk

An environmental group said Thursday some of the world’s greatest natural treasures are threatened with destruction because of global warming — from the Great Barrier Reef to the Amazon rain forests and the unique ecosystem of the Mexican desert.

On the sidelines of a climate change conference in Brussels, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature issued a list of 10 regions suffering serious damage from global warming, and where it has projects to limit further damage or help people adapt to new conditions.

"What we are talking about are the faces of the impacts of climate change," said Lara Hansen, WWF’s chief scientist on climate issues.

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