Climate Change Set To Destroy Statue Of Liberty, Other Landmarks

Global warming isn't a magical phenomenon that may or may not happen at some future date; it's happening now, and it could destroy some of America's most cherished landmarks as it progresses.

A recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists highlights 30 sites — including New York's iconic Statue of Liberty — that are at risk of destruction or damage thanks to the myriad effects of global temperature increases. Here's what the scientists say about their findings:

If these disaster warnings sound familiar, it's because the vast majority of the world's researchers and scientists have been cautioning us about this for years, even as we reach a point at which the most serious effects of global climate change are irreversible.

Other landmarks at risk include: historic Jamestown in Virginia, Cape Hatteras Light House in North Carolina, and the Johnson Space Center in Texas.

The Statue of Liberty is, sadly, a notable symbol of how serious the global climate situation is, and it's also a handy metaphor. If we're at the mercy of a volatile Earth that's rapidly becoming less habitable, what kind of freedom do we really have?

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