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2019-07-08. ‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas.

posted Jul 10, 2019, 8:22 PM by Alan Gould
By Cornelia Dean, The New York Times. [https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/08/science/historic-preservation-climate-newport.html] For GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: NEWPORT, R.I. — The Point, a waterfront neighborhood here, is one of the largest, best preserved and most important Colonial-era communities in the United States. Its grid of 18th-century streets contains scores of houses built before the American Revolution, and dozens more that are almost as old. ...Today, the neighborhood faces a new threat. The Point sits only a few feet above sea level, and because of climate change, the ocean is rising. So people have been thinking again about how to preserve the neighborhood. Similar efforts are underway in many communities on the East Coast, where European colonists settled centuries ago. The task is complicated, and success is far from assured. According to a 2014 report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, sea level rise threatens sites ranging from Faneuil Hall, where the Sons of Liberty planned the Boston Tea Party, to the launchpads of Cape Canaveral....