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The victims of global warming aren’t just in the polar regions. Recognizing that climate change is an equal-opportunity catastrophe-in-the-making, the World Monuments Fund has issued its 2008 Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites, which spotlights several culturally significant places across the globe that are starting to feel the heat. Among the inductees: the historic neighborhoods of New Orleans, still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and faced with the specter of rising sea levels; Herschel Island, a Canadian whaling town that’s being engulfed by the Yukon’s melting permafrost; and the 13th-century Chinguetti Mosque in Mauritania, vulnerable to both flash floods and the encroaching Sahara Desert. To learn more—and get involved—visit wmf.org.

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