A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
DOINews: Third National Climate Assessment Describes Current and Future Impacts of Climate Change on U.S.
The Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) provides a comprehensive summary of climate change impacts on the U.S., now and in the future. The report includes observed trends and projected future conditions of climate change in the United States, as well as information on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
University of Oklahoma (OU) faculty Mark Shafer and Renee McPherson were lead authors on the Great Plains chapter of the NCA. Shafer is an Assistant Professor in the OU Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and Associate State Climatologist at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. McPherson is an Associate Professor in the OU Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and Director of Research at the South Central Climate Science Center.
“Climate change is no longer projections of 100 years from now,” said Shafer. “We are already beginning to feel its impacts. This report is not a message of doom-and-gloom though; rather it clearly lays out the impacts we expect and a path forward for us to adapt to these changes.”