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