Tagged with National Parks

Carbon Sequestration in the U.S. National Parks: A Value Beyond Visitation

Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Adam Banasiak, Linda Bilmes and John Loomis http://bit.ly/1A46Ani Carbon sequestration—the process of moderating global climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in long-term mineral, organic, and oceanic reservoirs—is an important ecosystem service provided by protected natural areas. One type of carbon sequestration … Continue reading

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan: Final Environmental Impact Statement [Executive Summary]

US Fish and Wildlife Conservation Service http://www.fws.gov/home/arctic-ccp/pdfs/Executive_Summary_Jan2015.pdf [From Press Release] President Obama’s Administration moved to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, widely considered one of the most spectacular and remote areas in the world. The Department of the Interior is releasing a conservation plan for the Refuge that for the first time recommends … Continue reading

Waste Not: Common Sense Ways to Reduce Methane Pollution from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

Clean Air Task Force | Natural Resources Defense Council | Sierra Club http://catf.us/resources/publications/view/206 (Report Summary) [Common Dreams] A new report from leading climate advocates today shows how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can cut climate warming methane pollution in half, while dramatically reducing harmful, wasteful air pollution from the oil and gas industry at … Continue reading

Vulnerability of Ecosystems to Climate Change Moderated by Habitat Intactness

Global Change Biology (2014; doi: 10.1111/gcb.12669) / by Felix Eigenbrod, et al. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.12669/pdf The combined effects of climate change and habitat loss represent a major threat to species and ecosystems around the world. Here, we analyse the vulnerability of ecosystems to climate change based on current levels of habitat intactness and vulnerability to biome shifts, … Continue reading

2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects: Economic Contributions to Local Communities, States, and the Nation

National Park Service http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/docs/NPSVSE2013_final_nrss.pdf [From Press Release] National park visitors contributed $26.5 billion to the nation’s economy and supported almost 240,000 jobs in 2013, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis… National park visitation for 2013 declined by 3.2 percent compared to 2012. The 16-day government shutdown … Continue reading

Climate Exposure of US National Parks in a New Era of Change

PLoS ONE (July 0, 2014; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101302) / by William B. Monahan and Nicholas A. Fisichelli http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0101302 US national parks are challenged by climate and other forms of broad-scale environmental change that operate beyond administrative boundaries and in some instances are occurring at especially rapid rates. Here, we evaluate the climate change exposure of 289 … Continue reading

2012 National Park Visitor Spending Effects: Economic Contributions to Local Communities, States, and the Nation

US National Park Service http://bit.ly/1lx1nlX [From an E&E News PM article by Emily Yehle, sub. req’d]  National parks generated more than $26 billion in economic activity in 2012, according to an annual report released today on the effects of visitor spending. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell released the report — along with one on the costs of last year’s shutdown…

Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke: Wildfire Smoke Affects Communities Distant from Deadly Flames

Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.nrdc.org/health/impacts-of-wildfire-smoke/ [From an E&E News PM article by , sub. req’d]  As much as two-thirds of the country is affected by smoke conditions linked to wildfires, even in areas not normally affected by such fires, a new report has found. The report from the Natural Resources Defense Council found that nearly … Continue reading

Present and Future Nitrogen Deposition to National Parks in the United States: Critical Load Exceedances

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2013, v13, p9083–9095; doi:10.5194/acp-13-9083-2013) / by R. A. Ellis, D. J. Jacob, M. P. Sulprizio, L. Zhang, C. D. Holmes, B. A. Schichtel, T. Blett, E. Porter, L. H. Pardo, and J. A. Lynch http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/13/9083/2013/acp-13-9083-2013.pdf [Los Angeles Times]  National parks from the Sierra Nevada to the Great Smoky Mountains are increasingly being fertilized by unwanted nutrients drifting through the air from agricultural operations, putting some of the country’s … Continue reading

US Natural Resource Management Agencies Working on Climate Change Adaptation Since 2007

CLIMATE CHANGE: Various Adaptation Efforts Are Under Way at Key Natural Resource Management Agencies US Government Accountability Office http://gao.gov/products/GAO-13-253 Since 2007, the Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service have taken steps to establish strategic directions for addressing climate change adaptation…