National Parks in Danger

31 07 2011

It takes a great deal of time for perceptions about our environment, climate change and the future of our world to adjust. Many people still do not feel that these issues are serious enough to be concerned about. Unfortunately, we may pay a serious price for the time it takes for people to see what’s already happening around them.

This is why it is so important for those of us to whom preserving the environment is a priority to do everything we can to assist in its protection. Even the smallest steps make a big difference when millions of people follow through and take action.

This week, a new study has indicated that Yellowstone National Park is in serious danger of major forest fires in the coming years. These findings truly indicate the seriousness of our climate change problems in a current and very obvious way.

What are some things we can do to help prevent more news like this? Share these ideas with your friends and neighbors, and let us know what you come up with in the comments.

From The Huffington Post:

The study, by researchers at the University of California, Merced, concluded that rising temperatures associated with climate change could result in many more severe forest fires in the coming decades. Professor Anthony Westerling and his team found that by 2050, forest fires “would likely cause a major shift in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” and “affect the region’s wildlife, hydrology, carbon storage and aesthetics.”

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, predicts that by 2050, years with no major fires will be extremely rare. Towards the end of the century, the average wildfire size is expected to exceed the largest from the current record year of 1988. In that year, fires affected over 1,200 square miles of Yellowstone forest, an area about the size of Rhode Island.

This new study comes at a time when nearly half of all Americans believe “the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated,” according to a Gallup Poll earlier this year. But what do the results of this study mean for those who do believe in the seriousness of climate change?

- James Gerken, The Huffington Post

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