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: PI CSC Works with Partners to Develop and Translate Climate Research!
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The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC) is working with regional partners to support the development, translation and dissemination of climate science research in the Pacific Islands. Major partners of the PI CSC include the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC), the NOAA Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments, The Hawai'i at Mānoa, University of Hawai'i at Hilo and the University of Guam.
Dave Helweg, Director of the PI CSC, was quoted in an article by the O'ahu-based Midweek publication: “A great deal of science has been very high quality, but it has not been translated to who is going to use it to make decisions. And even though it is about climate, it is really a people program, and we have to get the information to people so they can use it”.
Dr. Helweg is visiting the University of Guam Water and Environmental Research Institute today (April 2) to give a presentation to regional stakeholders and the public on the "Vision and Framework of Science at the Department of Interior Pacific Islands Climate Science Center".
(from left) John J. Marra, NOAA Climate Services director, Pacific Region, Victoria Keener, East-West Center research fellow, and David A. Helweg, director, DOI/USGS Pacific Islands Climate Science Center