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Ross Macdonald
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Global Warming
A Monumental Crisis

While the world’s natural heritage, including polar bears and other wildlife, is global warming’s first casualty, it’s worth noting that the human heritage isn’t faring too well either. In its 2008 Watch List of the 100 most endangered cultural and architectural sites, the World Monuments Fund lists a number of historic treasures it says “are threatened right now by flooding, encroaching desert, and changing weather patterns”—all a direct result of climate change. The list, which is updated every two years, is put together by an inter-national panel of experts in archaeology, architecture, art history, and preservation. In previous years the organization has cited excessive tourism, war, and pollution as threats to historic sites. This is the first time in its 40-year history it has identified climate change as a threat, specifically impacts from rising sea levels to changing rainfall patterns to drought and increasingly severe storms. Source: World Monuments Fund

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