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JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is heading to Jamestown to highlight climate change's threat to the first permanent European settlement in America.

Secretary Sally Jewell is scheduled to tour the island Thursday then participate in a discussion of rising seas and Jamestown's future.

The visit comes following a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists that says Jamestown is among 30 historic and cultural sites in the nation that are at risk because of climate change.

Jewell's tour of the 1,600-acre island on the James River will include areas that have experienced flooding or are threatened by rising seas.

The visit comes amid the Obama administration's ambitious plan to reduce the gases blamed for global warming from the nation's power plants.

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