From the deserts of Mali to the U.S. Atlantic coast, climate change threatens numerous cultural and historic treasures. Many are protected as World Heritage Sites or national parks, but that usually entails preserving them in as close to their original states as possible. What if flooding or drought makes that impossible?

Erin Seekamp, a scholar of parks, recreation and tourism management, sees a need for new thinking about what preservation means. It could involve relocating or remodeling threatened structures – or even removing them altogether.

“Transforming heritage sites may be controversial, but the clock is ticking,” she writes.

This week we also liked articles about that time Georgia had three governors, the meaning of Diwali and how the right labor policy can make people happier.

Jennifer Weeks

Environment + Energy Editor

The Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square flooded during acqua alta – high tide – in Venice, Italy. Matteo Colombo/Getty Images

Preserving cultural and historic treasures in a changing climate may mean transforming them

Erin Seekamp, North Carolina State University

With growing drought, rising seas and heavier storms, how do we protect Venice and other world treasures? The answer: creative, proactive measures that may alter them in important ways.

With three claimants, which one should hold the governor’s seat? Lisa-Blue via Getty Images

A disputed election delivered 3 governors to Georgia – at the same time

John A. Tures, LaGrange College

How Georgia found its way past write-in votes cast by dead voters, spiked drinks served to lawmakers, changed locks on the executive office and a gun-toting man claiming to be the governor.

Diwali is the most important festival for the South Asian community. Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The many stories of Diwali share a common theme of triumph of justice

Natasha Mikles, Texas State University

Many Indian Americans will be celebrating the festival of Diwali this week. A scholar explains what this festival of lights means – especially in chaotic times.

The computer model simulates how many COVID-19 cases could have been prevented in a particular county in the U.S. Leontura/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

A new data-driven model shows that wearing masks saves lives – and the earlier you start, the better

Biplav Srivastava, University of South Carolina

The model provides county-level analysis and simulates the benefits of mask-wearing in terms of illnesses and deaths.