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Report: Climate Change Threatens Florida's Historic Landmarks

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A new report is sounding the alarm again about climate change and how it could impact the Sunshine State.

The Union of Concerned Scientists says seven historic Florida landmarks are threatened by the prospect of rising seas, flooding and worsening wildfires. The sites include St. Augustine’s Castillo de san Marcos and Fort Matanzas.

This new report comes on the heels of the recent White House release of another alarming study — the third National Climate Assessment — that also underscores the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change.

Adam Markham, director of the Climate Impacts Initiative with the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Dr. Alexandra Parsons, archeologist with the National Park Service and Southeast Archeological Center, joined Melissa Ross for a closer look at how rising seas are expected to impact historic sites around the country and on the First Coast.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.