Climate Change

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Unnatural Disaster

The warming of our planet could have disastrous consequences for America's national parks, but we can still halt the most severe effects of climate change if we act now. Read recommended actions to slow, and in some cases, stop the damage to our national parks. Read the Report >

Climate Change and National Park Wildlife: A Survival Guide for a Warming World

Wildlife and public lands need help surviving the conditions caused by climate change, such as droughts, warmer temperatures, and loss of habitat. This report recommends strategies to help wildlife adapt, including providing land corridors and reducing stress from pollution and invasive species. Read the Report >

Restore a Nation: The Economic Benefits of Restoring the Lands and Waters of our National Parks

A changing climate has increased wildfires, droughts, and floods; decreased coastal wetland habit, and amplified the stress of wildlife as their existing habitats are becoming unsuitable to sustain their populations. As we address and attempt to alleviate the impacts of climate change, we actually promote sustained economic growth. Read the Report >

Community Resources

Climate change is a global problem, but its effects are felt locally. Parks and their communities will need to adapt. Read More  >

Climate change threatens some of the most treasured natural and historic features of our national parks and could cause the greatest irreversible damage that the park system has ever seen. Just some of the examples include:

  • Within this century glaciers will disappear from Glacier National Park, and Joshua trees will disappear from Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Coral reefs are dying in Biscayne and Virgin Islands national parks due to increased heat and disease.
  • Insect pests are thriving and are devastating forests from Great Smoky Mountains to Yellowstone.
  • As temperatures rise, species are being driven out of the parks and some plants and animals may have nowhere to go.
  • Rising sea levels and more powerful hurricanes threaten dozens of historical parks along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
  • Wildfires and flash floods threaten ancient American Indian dwellings and artifacts in the Southwest.

To learn more about these impacts and others, read NPCA's report "Unnatural Disaster: Global Warming and Our National Parks."

We must take action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to safe levels and protect natural ecosystems and cultural and historical resources in our national parks from climate changes already underway. 

More Facts

Communities and Sandy Hook: Partnering to Build Resilience to Climate Change

When confronting the enormous challenge of climate change, parks and their communities each bring unique and valuable assets to the table. In an effort to promote cross discipline collaboration and incorporate community perspective, NPCA and area partners including the National Park Service hosted a workshop at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway NRA. This report summarizes the process and outcomes from the workshop including seven climate adaptation project concepts. Download this fact sheet.(PDF 2.3 MB)

Safeguarding a Strong Economy and Healthy Communities

Learn more about the economic benefits of protecting our natural resources from global warming. Download this fact sheet. (PDF 424 KB)


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