Unabated climate change could ruin U.S. national parks

Sep 27, 2018, 4:08 AM EDT
(Source: Joshua Tree National Park/flickr)
(Source: Joshua Tree National Park/flickr)

If climate change remains unchecked, America’s treasured national parks could fall into rack and ruins by 2100, claims a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

The study, led by Patrick Gonzalez, a climate scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, warns that severely hot and dry conditions could wipe out Joshua Tree national park’s eponymous trees and cause the glaciers to melt away at Glacier national park besides uniquely and adversely affecting the habitats of other ecologically sensitive areas in the country, writes The Guardian.

From the data between 1895 and 2010, the researchers found out that the temperatures in 417 national parks have risen twice as much as in other parts of the U.S., something which can be attributed to their peculiar geography and topology, notes The Washington Post.