Landmarks Threatened by Warming, Report Says
NEW YORK -- On Herschel Island, Canada, melting permafrost threatens ancient Inuit sites and a historic whaling town. In Chinguetti, Mauritania, the desert encroaches on an ancient mosque.
The New York-based fund issues its list of 100 endangered monuments every two years.
This year's list includes 59 countries and is the first to add global warming to a roster of forces that also include political conflict, pollution, development and tourism pressures, and a thirst for modernity in buildings and lifestyles.
The United States is home to more listed sites than any other country, with seven.
New Orleans's hurricane- ravaged historic neighborhoods and historic Route 66, the fabled east-west highway, are among the US locations.
"On this list, man is indeed the real enemy," Bonnie Burnham, the fund's president , said in a statement. "But, just as we caused the damage in the first place, we have the power to repair it."
For the list of landmarks, go to worldmonumentswatch.org.
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