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As a social entrepreneur, I am dedicated to finding innovative solutions for greening business. As a passionate supporter of National Parks and public lands, I work toward protecting these special places from the impacts of climate change and pollution.

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Join me on this site as I report from Yellowstone on the threats climate change poses toward our beloved national parks, and how Yellowstone and other parks are making a difference in sustainability.

"If we continue to increase our emissions of heat-trapping gases, a disrupted climate will cause the greatest damage to our national parks ever."
Stephen Saunders

"A climate disrupted by human activities poses such sweeping threats to the
scenery, natural and cultural resources, and wildlife of the West’s national parks that it
dwarfs all previous risks to these American treasures."
From NRDC Losing Ground Report

"Business is the only mechanism on the planet today powerful enough to produce the changes necessary to reverse global environmental and social degradation."
Paul Hawken
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01/12/11: "The End of the Wild," Emma Marris, Nature

01/06/11: Climate change threatens Sierra, delta, group says," Kelly Zito, San Francisco Chronicle

01/05/11"Environmentalists pick Snake Basin, Yellowstone among most threatened habitats by climate change," Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman

12/31/10"Yellowstone Grizzlies and the Betrayal of the Public Trust," Louisa Wilcox, NRDC Switchboard

12/26/10: "How a Tiny Beetle Could Decimate Yellowstone," Elizabeth Shogren, NPR

12/21/10: "Once upon a time, whitebark pine . . ." Matt Skoglund, NRDC Switchboard

12/21/10: "Climate Change's threat to the wolverine," Rebecca Waters, High Country News

12/08/10: "Silence of the Pikas, Part II," Wendee Holtcamp, Adventures in Climate Change and Bioscience

12/08/10: "Climate Change Response Strategy Released by NPS Alaska," Alaska Business Monthly

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Climate Change in Our National Parks

Yosemite%20Falls.jpgOur national parks continue to capture the imagination and admiration of the world. An estimated 275 million people visited national parks in 2007, enjoying the diversity of singular experiences and magnificent scenery offered by the parklands, yet global climate change and environmental degradation threaten their very existence.

Stephen Saunders, author of a recently released report by the Natural Resources Defense Council on climate change in the parks, observes: "If we continue to increase our emissions of heat-trapping gases, a disrupted climate will cause the greatest damage to our national parks ever."

The predicted consequences are dire: If the average global temperature continues to rise, Glacier National Park may lose its namesake features in less than twenty-five years. In the Sierra Nevada, a degree or two of warmer temperatures means less snow, and as a result less snowmelt, which bodes ill for future visitors’ chances of viewing Yosemite’s famous roaring springtime waterfalls (at least in spring).

Grizzly%20and%20Cub%202.JPG.jpgRising sea levels may destroy the delicately balanced ecosystem of the Everglades, and a hotter climate may eradicate Joshua trees from Joshua Tree National Park. Grizzly bears in Yellowstone may someday disappear as an invasion of beetles, able to survive the warmer winters, are gradually destroying the whitebark pine, a staple of the bears’ diet.

Enos Mills, one of the early naturalists in the Rocky Mountains remarked, "Within National Parks is room—glorious room—room in which to find ourselves, in which to think and hope, to dream and plan, to rest and resolve." The parks, and our desire to ensure their survival, may also present us with the necessary dreams, hopes, and inspirations to continue this burgeoning and essential trend of greening both our lives and our world.

For more information about the threats climate change pose to our National Parks, visit the Natural Resources Defense Council's excellent website at http://www.nrdc.org/land/parks/gw/contents.asp Please consider making a donation!

From the NRDC Losing Ground Report:
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