Climate Change Threatens National Landmarks
A new report highlights 30 sites at risk from rising seas, floods, and fires.
What do prehistoric pueblos, rocket launch pads, and a colonial-era meeting hall have in common?
The report, released today, details how 30 national landmarks across the United States may be irreparably damaged or even lost forever due to the effects of climate change. The threatened sites span the continent from Florida to Alaska and encompass eras from prehistory to the space age. "It's the whole sweep of American history," says Adam Markham, director of climate impacts for the UCS.
Amid all the concern over climate change, relatively little attention has been paid to how it will affect cultural resources. "It's an ignored issue in the world of climate change assessment," says Markham. "We needed to fill that gap because the threats