Artnet News explores how climate change affects Museums

Stone barge in the water with pieces of stone laid out in front of it

August 31, 2021

Artnet News

Dams, Floodgates, and Submarine Doors: Museums are Spending Millions to Protect their Art as Sea Levels Rise

It isn’t only museums near coastlines that are at risk.

Released during a summer of catastrophic wildfires and floods, the latest report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was published in early August, paints a grim picture.

Sea level rise threatens entire island nations. Deadly floods will get worse. The U.N. Secretary General, António Guterres, called the report a “code red for humanity.” The IPCC report says things will only worsen in the coming decades, even if CO2 emissions are eliminated now.

Museums, just like other institutions, are now facing existential challenges.

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