Claim: ‘Climate change’ threatens the grave of Karl Marx – Cemetery facing ‘warmer temps…rampant fungi, freak storms & shifting graves’


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France24 ^ | December 10, 2020

Global warming is threatening London’s historic Highgate Cemetery, an overgrown oasis housing graves of notable figures from Karl Marx to pop star George Michael, its custodians say.

Concerned at rampant fungi, freak storms and shifting graves, the cemetery’s custodians are now seeking expert help to ensure its survival.

The hillside cemetery has graves of famous figures including the novelist George Eliot and “The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” author Douglas Adams.

It is still being used for burials. The British pop singer George Michael, who died in 2016, has an unmarked grave there, according to his family’s wishes.

Chief gardener Frank Cano pointed to a 19th-century stone tomb whose top is gradually being pushed off the base by a nearby tree, causing fresh chips in the stonework.

A greater degree of shrinking and expanding of London’s clay soil is causing the elaborate stone tombs to shift, said Cano, who has worked at the cemetery for six years.

In turn this affects the roots of the trees growing wild between the graves, making them more unstable.

“The threat to the cemetery is from our trees, from the ivy, from the brambles. It’s basically nature trying to take the cemetery back.”

Winds have got stronger, too, Cano said, and warmer temperatures are causing fungi to thrive and trees to suffer “many more pests and diseases”.

The cemetery last year had to fell its centrepiece, a great Cedar of Lebanon, as it was afflicted by a bad fungus infestation.

In addition, increased rainfall is washing away gravel paths and overfilling antiquated drainage systems.

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Also see: Global Warming is so Bad, it is Posing Threat to Karl Marx’s Grave in London’s Iconic Cemetery

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