The United Nations is coming under severe pressure from scientists and campaigners to acknowledge the devastating effect of climate change on the world’s most fragile ecological sites. These include the barrier reefs of Belize and Australia and glacier parks in Nepal, Peru and the Rockies. Although they are supposed to be protected, they are showing signs of the effects of global warming.

The World Heritage Sites Committee, which stipulates that these protected sites should not be damaged by its signatories, is preparing to hear a petition brought by scientists. If successful it could mean poor countries suing rich ones for emitting greenhouse gases. Any guesses who they might target? Have a look at the flag below: