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Rising Seas Threaten Iconic Mediterranean Sites

On October 24th, 2018

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The canals of Venice and an ancient Phoenician city are among the historic sites imperiled by sea level rise and coastal erosion

Climate change is already threatening some of the Mediterranean’s most treasured historical sites, from the iconic Venice canals to the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre.

A jarring new study, published yesterday in the journal Nature Communications, found that more than 90 percent of the region’s World Heritage sites are at risk now from sea-level rise and coastal erosion.

By the end of the century, 47 of the Mediterranean’s 49 sites—and some of the oldest remaining markers of the history of human civilization—will be in jeopardy.


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