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: Third National Climate Assessment Describes Current and Future Impacts of Climate Change on U.S.
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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.”