Her­itage sites are feel­ing the heat

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rise in China, which ac­counts for 30% of world emis­sions — the world’s big­gest gas emit­ter de­cline in the US — smaller than in re­cent years, thanks to a rise in the price of nat­u­ral gas Cli­mate change im­per­ils one in four nat­u­ral World Her­itage sites, in­clud­ing coral reefs, glaciers and wet­lands — dou­ble the num­ber three years ago.

Sites at risk have grown to 62 from 35 in 2014, when one in seven were listed, said the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture. It found 7% of sites — in­clud­ing the US’s Ever­glades Park and Lake Turkana in Kenya — had a “crit­i­cal” out­look.

There has been a dras­tic ero­sion in the use of English words such as quite, rather, fright­fully and ter­ri­bly — grad­able ad­verbs that soften or em­pha­sise a phrase.

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