Global Warming Threatens 20% Of World Heritage Sites

March 5, 2014 7:35 PM

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Global Warming Threatens 20% Of World Heritage Sites

That means that many treasured landmarks – places like the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, the Tower of London, the archaeological site of Pompeii – could be ruined if temperatures rise 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels over the next two millennia, according to a new study from the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

Researchers from the university used climate change projections to predict how current levels of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions would affect sea level rise down the road. They found that a rise in global temperatures of just over 5 degrees Fahrenheit and the subsequent ice melting in po...

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