31 Jul '16, 1pm

Jake Abrahamson investigates: What will climate change do to America's first national park?

Jake Abrahamson investigates: What will climate change do to America's first national park?

Yellowstone is not the only park that will be reshaped by climate change. A 2014 study by Hansen and others looked at climate projections for 57 national parks across the United States and found that 40 percent of the area within those parks will be unsuitable for current biomes by 2090. The landscapes we intend to preserve with our national parks could transform into something else before our eyes. In his 2010 book, Uncertain Path, William C. Tweed, a historian and retired park naturalist, uses a trek through the Sierra Nevada as an occasion to ponder how climate change might require us to reconsider what we want from our national parks. "Since the [National Park] Service's establishment in 1916," he writes, "it has promised two things—that the resources of the parks will be preserved 'unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations,' and that the parks themselves will...

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