Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
DOINews: NE CSC In the News: Forecasting the future of weather
Last edited 4/26/2016
A recent article in The Boston Globe, "Forecasting the future of weather", featured the work of the Northeast Climate Science Center:
When it comes to climate change, University of Massachusetts researchers are always looking forward, but they're also looking back. Way back.
“We have some people looking at warming that happened 30 million years ago,” says Michael Rawlins, an associate professor of geosciences and the director of the university's Climate System Research Center in Amherst.
Founded in the mid-1980s, the center studies climate change and variability around the globe and across the ages, with particular expertise in ancient climate fluctuations. The center's faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers have investigated the history of monsoons on the Arabian peninsula, the evolution of Arctic climates, and glacier movements on Mount Kilimanjaro.
And while the research center investigates the past and present, its younger sibling, the year-old Northeast Climate Science Center, is focused on the future.
The center, funded with a $7.5 million federal grant, brings together seven notable institutions — including UMass, Columbia University, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole — to research how ongoing climate changes will impact forests, fisheries, and other key natural resources in the Northeast. The goal is to give government leaders, wildlife managers, Native American tribes, and nongovernmental organizations the resources they need to see climate shifts coming and adapt policies and practices to new conditions.
“Combined, the research and expertise of the Climate System Research Center and the Northeast Climate Science Center make the University of Massachusetts an outstanding place to do climate science research,” Rawlins says.
So if we get slammed with a blizzard in May, at least UMass is on the case.