The National Parks Conservation Association released a new report last week, “Unnatural Disaster” (PDF), which explores the impact of global warming on national parks, and as you’d expect, the news is pretty grim. From the intro:
The gradual, accelerated warming of our planet will have disastrous consequences for America’s national parks. Glaciers in the national parks of Alaska as well as North Cascades and Mount Rainier National Parks will continue to disappear; Joshua trees will no longer exist at Joshua Tree National Park; and a rising sea will drown Everglades National Park and portions of historic sites such as Colonial National Historical Park, site of the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown.
The report is handy, albeit depressing. But it tries to be upbeat about the opportunity to avert the most serious consequences of climate change with a strong mitigation plan.