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.
Salazar Cites Interior Department Efforts To Develop Renewable Energy, Respond to Climate Change
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WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Department of the Interior is accelerating the development of renewable energy on its vast public lands and offshore areas “to help power President Obama's vision for a new energy economy,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today.
The Secretary warned, however, that the nation “cannot fully unleash renewable energy's economic engine unless this committee, and the Senate, put an upper limit on the emissions of heat-trapping gases that are damaging our environment.”
American business is responding to the opportunity to develop renewable resources on areas under Interior's jurisdiction, Salazar testified. “Companies are investing in wind farms off the Atlantic Ocean, solar facilities in the Southwest, and geothermal energy projects throughout the West.
“These new energy sources produce no greenhouse gases and, once installed, they harness free, renewable energy that nature itself provides,” the Secretary noted.
Secretary Salazar recently awarded five exploratory leases for renewable wind energy production on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore New Jersey and Delaware. He also opened new Renewable Energy Coordinating Offices in Nevada, Arizona, California, and Wyoming to expedite processing the large number of applications for renewable energy projects on U.S. lands.
Currently, there are 158 active solar applications Interior offices are processing which have a projected capacity to generate as much as 97,000 megawatts of electricity.
That's enough to power 29 million homes, the equivalent of 29 percent of the nation's household electrical consumption
The Interior Department, as the nation's largest land manager, is documenting the negative impacts that climate change is having on land, water and wildlife resources, the Secretary told the committee. The department's 6,000 scientists and 14,000 land managers are developing approaches to respond to these impacts. Water managers are factoring new precipitation patterns into their planning decisions.
USGS science and the experience of Interior land managers in investigating carbon sequestration projects in tandem with our broader ecosystem responsibilities, also should be very useful to the committee, the Secretary said.
“The Department of the Interior stands ready with our shoulder to the wheel to contribute to this effort,” Secretary Salazar concluded.