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: Webinar Tomorrow: "Hurricanes and Hurricane Risk in a Changing Climate"
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"Hurricanes and Hurricane Risk in a Changing Climate"
Wednesday, March 12, 3:30 pm ET
Presented by the Northeast Climate Science Center
Kerry Emanuel, MIT
In this talk, Dr. Emanuel will review hurricanes and the various kinds of hazards they present to us, and go on to talk about how geology, history, and physics can all be used to help assess the risk of these hazards today and going forward, as our climate warms.
Speaker Bio: Kerry Emanuel is an atmospheric scientist and professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is one of the world's leading authorities on hurricanes. His research focuses on atmospheric convection and the physics of hurricanes. In particular, he has explored the possibility that recent climate change, along with other factors, has contributed to the increased hurricane activity in the Atlantic. He has also contributed to the development of a new technique for assessing tropical cyclone risk. Kerry is the author of Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes and Atmospheric Convection, a very influential book in the atmospheric science community. In 2007, he was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.