Climate Change: Endangering History

By Steve Handelsman

Published 05/20 2014 04:34PM

Updated 05/20 2014 04:37PM

(NBC News) From Jamestown, where Europeans first settled America in 1607, to the Kennedy Space Center where Americans first flew to the moon in 1969, rising ocean levels from polar ice melt are threatening historic sites that Americans hold dear according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

They say massive winter waves from stronger Nor'easters and Hurricane Sandy are just a preview of what's to come.

The Statue of Liberty is at risk, along with historic Annapolis and the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.

Out West, more intense wildfires linked to drought from climate change, followed by record rainfall and runoff threaten ancient Native American settlements.

"That combination has the potential and has already begun to wipe archeological sites literally off the map," says New Mexico's Senator Martin Heinrich.

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