Climate change endangers dozens of historic US landmarks including Statue of Liberty
Published on May 21, 2014 6:32 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Climate change and sea level rise are threatening historic US landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to Nasa's coastal rocket launch sites, and the nation needs to prepare, scientists said on Tuesday.
"The range and scale of impacts are alarming," said the report by the Union of Concerned Scientists that listed more than two dozen landmarks endangered by wildfires, coastal erosion and flooding - events scientists say are being made worse by global warming.
They include the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York Harbor, which was the entry point for 14 million immigrants from 1886 to 1924.
Sea level has risen 12 inches (30 centimetres) around New York City over the past century, the report said.
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