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: IPCC Releases “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” Report
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Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report titled “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” as part of its Fifth Assessment Report. The IPCC's Working Group II produced the report as a summary of global vulnerability to climate change and its expected effects (positive and negative) on ecological systems, socio-economic sectors and public health.
The IPCC was established by the United Nation's Environmental Program and the World Meteorological Organization in 1988 to synthesize and interpret the thousands of scientific papers that are produced continuously about changes to the earth associated with increasing concentrations of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. Its assessments are meant to help decision-makers develop sound policy to lessen the impacts of climate change.
In 1990 the United States instituted its own system for producing climate assessments after Congress passed the US Global Change Research Act. Since then federal agencies have been required to develop their own reports, two of which have been produced so far- one in 2000 and one in 2009.
The Third National Climate Assessment is slated for release in April of 2014. A series of regional reports are being produced as a part of this third assessment. Oregon State University's Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) lead the Northwest's report, titled “Climate Change in the Northwest” (http://occri.net/reports) which was published by Island Press in November, 2013.
The Northwest Climate Science Center and its partners like OCCRI organizations aim to help the Northwest region understand and adapt to the predicted changes that will result from a warming climate.