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Global Warming Threatens California’s Parks And Economy

Global Warming Threatens California’s Parks And Economy

This time it’s not about polar bears and ice caps. Instead, it’s flooded campgrounds, stunted Redwoods and Yosemite waterfalls reduced to a trickle.

California’s Natural Wonders Could Disappear

A new report entitled “California’s National Parks in Peril: the Threats of Climate Disruption” found that unless we reduce heat-trapping pollution in the near future, some of California’s natural wonders will disappear over the next 90 years.

“We’re trying to illustrate that the ways we affect the climate affect the places we love,” said Stephen Saunders, president of the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, which released the report, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Temperatures Are Rising

Saunders estimates that if the use of fossil fuels continues to increase at a moderate rate, average temperatures in Yosemite National Park could climb by 7.5 degrees by the latter third of the 21st century. And highs in places like Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve could beat those normally found in Death Valley, the hottest spot in North America.

And the results of all these climate changes? Saunders predicts that:

*  In Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks, giant sequoias may not be resilient to the water stress and increased wildfire expected with rapid climate change

*  Beaches, wetlands and picnic areas at Point Reyes National Seashore could be inundated as sea levels rise between 2 and 4.7 feet

* Less snow and more rain could mean earlier, longer and more frequent dry spells for Yosemite waterfalls

More Wildfires, Less Precipitation

This report comes on the heels of a paper from the California Energy Commission, which concluded that California is already feeling the effects of climate change, including more frequent, longer and larger wildfires, a warming Lake Tahoe, a shorter winter rainy season, and falling snowpack levels.

And yes, it is about the money. Theo Spencer, a senior advocate in NRDC’s Climate Center, said: “The natural and cultural resources of California’s national parks are directly linked to over one billion dollars in economic activity and 19,000 jobs. By acting now to reduce the pollution that causes global warming, we will preserve these jobs and create new ones while continuing America’s long-standing position of technological leadership.”

Don’t Mess With Nature

While this paper deals primarily with California, it is yet another warning that there is a price to pay for messing with our environment. Climate change in California may pose a serious threat to the state’s economy, with fewer visitors seeking out its national parks, but it is also disturbing the balance of nature.

And Mother Nature is getting mad!

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8:14AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

this is terrible!
what an awful place we live in when the beauty
is disappearing by the day ... Y_Y

3:20AM PDT on May 5, 2011

Yeah more wind turbines--GREEN electricity!!!

6:51AM PST on Feb 19, 2011

@ Dennis J. There’s really no problem ? What a relief. Of course we still have to lose sleep worrying about an ice age, as you mentioned. Now we just need an explanation for thousands of years of glacial ice accumulation melting away, for the unprecedented larger and hotter forest fires in California and other places, for the melting of the “permafrost’, for the destruction of coral reefs supposedly because of temperature increase, for the threat of extinction of polar bears that have been around for millions of years. I’m sure some scientist is working on the answers.

2:56PM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

People who don't take care of parks and areas don't realise that it is their lives that are at stake. I also believe that things just might be a bit worse than we are being told, and therefore the situation is a bit more urgent than realised. We really need to take action now.

11:33AM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

save planet earth and it starts with us.......

11:57AM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

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10:31AM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

We all need to do our part to help stop global warming. Start out small it all adds up. We have to teach the younger generation to respect mother nature and to preserve it.

9:59AM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

we need to use our brain more often to prevent the death of the nature...

5:08PM PDT on Oct 31, 2010

quick poll: yes.

11:14PM PDT on Oct 30, 2010

Important to save the National Parks.

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