25 US National Parks already impacted by dramatic climate shifts
6 October 2009
A sobering report called 'National Parks in Peril' has been released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO) in the US. It reveals that climate change from human activity is the leading threat to wildlife, plants, water and ice in 25 of America's national parks. Taken together, they represent many of America’s most majestic and wondrous natural landscapes, spanning 22 states.
The 25 most endangered parks, including the Rocky Moutain National Park seen left, are being threatened by dramatic declines in snow and water, by rising seas, extreme weather, the disappearance of native plants and wildlife, and by the onslaught of nonstop, human-generated pollution.
The report warns that unless we can get our arms around the problem of climate change, namesake features will begin to vanish from US national parks – and soon. No more glaciers in Glacier National Park. No more Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Monument. Some coastal parks – the Everglades and New York ’s Ellis Island are but two—will be completely submerged. And all of this could happen within the next 20 years.
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