Climate change is putting historic and cultural landmarks around the
"Sea-level rise, coastal erosion, increased flooding, heavy rains and more frequent large wildfires are damaging archaeological resources, historic buildings and cultural landscapes across the nation," says the report, National Landmarks at Risk.
The report, which was not a peer-reviewed study, includes 30 at-risk locations, including places where the "first Americans" lived, the Spaniards ruled, English colonists landed, slavery rose and fell, and gold prospectors struck it rich.
Locations include the Statue of Liberty;
"You can almost trace the history of
Sea levels already have risen 1 to 2 feet across portions of the East and
Many at-risk sites are national parks, including Mesa Verde, Bandelier,
According to the UCS report, one historic site --
In the West, climate change is increasing the risk of large wildfires in places such as
"There is a tendency to confuse the impacts of climate with the impacts of human-caused climate change," says
"This most certainly is taking place in the UCS report. Most of the examples in the report are located in areas where the extremes of the natural climate pose significant threats and expose vulnerabilities," he says.
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