NPR says beetles are investing in trees. Sophisticated little buggers – first they invest, then they destroy – driving the price up. Sick the SEC on them.
National Parks Week kicks off Saturday, but the celebration comes at a rough time for National Parks. Harried by federal funding cuts and urban development, the nation’s park system is also facing the rising threat of climate change.
Those effects are becoming most visible in Yellowstone, one of the best known of all national parks, according to Paul Solotaroff. He wrote about Yellowstone’s climate challenge in April’s issue of Men’s Journal and tells Weekend All Things Considered guest host Noah Adams that the damage is putting the park’s ecosystem out of balance.
As a consequence of the heat and dryness, pine beetles have invested the trees and left many of them dead, he says. This is a big problem for Yellowstone, as the pines are especially essential to the park’s inhabitants. They provide shade, stabilize the soil and, perhaps most importantly, feed the local grizzly bears.
Flooding primary concern with big snowpacks in Wyoming