A view of the Iguazú Falls, a @unesco
World Heritage Site, which at 80m high and 2,700m in diameter, span the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water, it's one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world and one of the top destinations in South America with nearly 2 million tourists a year. The surrounding subtropical rainforest is home to a number of rare and endangered species like the long-nosed caiman and the jaguar.
Extreme weather and climate events such as rainstorms and drought have caused flooding and a drop in water levels. Other threats come from human activity such as logging, hunting, fishing, tourism activities and water-borne pollutants. Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay are working together to protect the natural beauty of the Iguazú Falls.
Climate Change Conference (#COP24
) in Katowice, Poland, opened Monday with a global call for urgent #ClimateAction
. The conference also marked the third anniversary of the landmark 2015 #ParisAgreement
which seeks to limit global warming in this century to under 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level.
/ Mark Garten