This explains the record summer streamflow in the west.
Glaciers, wildlife and forests could disappear entirely from Western national parks because of what a new report by environmental advocacy groups calls the single greatest threat: global warming.
“The snow is melting earlier in the year at very regular intervals now, and we’re getting much longer fire seasons,” said scientist Anthony Westerling of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. “It dries out much more than before.”
The report calls on the National Park Service and Congress to work to limit global warming pollution and mitigate the damage to parks.
“There is a void of federal action,” Spencer said. “We need federal efforts to limit global warming pollution in the near term to slow, stop and reverse global warming pollution from power plants and vehicles. It’s as simple as that.”