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Report: Rising sea level puts Hatteras lighthouse at risk

By Cathy Martin - May 21, 2014 - 4:00:00 pm

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is one of 30 national landmarks at risk due to effects of climate change, according to a new study.

The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a Cambridge, Mass.-based alliance of more than 400,000 scientists and citizens, shows how rising sea levels, floods and wildfires brought on by carbon emissions are threatening many of the country's historic sites. Other sites found to be at risk include Charleston Historic District in South Carolina and Virginia's Historic Jamestown.

The iconic black-and-white striped lighthouse, weighing more than 4,800 tons, was moved nearly 3,000 feet inland in 1999. Persistent efforts to rebuild dunes and prevent coastal erosion are often nullified by hurricanes and strong storms.

The National Parks Service reported more than 2.3 million people visited the National Seashore in 2012, spending $135 billion and supporting more than 1,800 jobs.

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