Study finds humans cause climate change at national parks

MADISON, Wis. — The U.S. National Park System experiences human-caused climate change at a higher rate than the nation as a whole, according to a new study released by the University of Wisconsin Center for Climatic Research.

National parks protect some of the most irreplaceable ecosystems and cultural sites in the world, and they are being hit particularly hard by climate change, according to University of California-Berkeley professor and lead author on the study Patrick Gonzalez.

“Human-caused climate change has been altering ecosystems and human systems around the world, but up until our research, the severity of climate change across all the national parks was unknown,” said Gonzalez in an article in The Badger Herald.

Gonzalez and his team measured historical temperatures and rainfall dating back to 1895 from all 417 parks and created future predictions for climate change made under different emission rate scenarios.

The study found that between 1895 and 2010, the average temperature of national park area had increased at double the rate of the U.S. as a whole. At the same time, yearly rainfall had decreased more in national parks than any other region of the U.S.

Find the study here.

Read the full article in The Badger Herald.

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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  • Sam I Am says:

    Um… nope. They base their key calculations on the regression utilized by the already dis-proven tool provided by the UN Climate change organization previously caught distorting data “We calculated historical trends by linear regression, corrected for temporal autocorrelation, following Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) methods (IPCC 2013).” http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aade09

    They then used the same “bad data” from IPCC to determine their future outlook.

    Finally they did not correct for impacts on monitoring equipment due to local construction. For example weather stations in Yellowstone have been moved multiple times and are now located in areas near dense populations.

    Basically they used false data and combined it with dis-proven math to generate a report that is in a nutshell BS.

  • Mike Phillips says:

    Bunch of left wing liberal BS. Climate change has happened for millions of years. Only when a bunch of fruitcakes with a political agenda get involved is it “man made”.

    As any mathematician will tell you: “What’s your desired answer? I can manipulate the data to give you that answer”.

  • Mike in Texas says:

    Bunch of left wing liberal BS. Climate change has happened for millions of years. Only when a bunch of fanatics with a political agenda get involved is it “man made”.

    As any mathematician will tell you: “What’s your desired answer? I can manipulate the data to give you that answer”.

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