World Monuments Fund Unveils 2008 "Watch List"

The list of endangered sites includes areas threatened by political conflict, unchecked development and, for the first time, climate change

Two places, much in the world’s headlines, made this year’s list for different reasons. New Orleans was cited for the ongoing risk that climate change presents to its future. “Historic neighborhoods, already pummeled by Hurricane Katrina, are now struggling to restore homes while also preparing for future challenges posed by rising sea levels and the likelihood of stronger storms,” the WMF writes. Iraq, meanwhile, also earned a spot on the list: “Ongoing conflict has led to catastrophic loss at the world’s oldest and most important cultural sites.”

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