National parks are often in areas with extreme environments. This means that they are even more vulnerable to extreme changes in climate patterns. Across national parks, glaciers are melting, alpine habitats are being replaced by warmer climate zones, wildfires are larger and more frequent, and floods and diseases are more commonplace.
Some of our national parks could lose their signature treasures. Glacier National Park could be without glaciers by the mid part of this century. Some scientists believe that Joshua trees could disappear from Joshua Tree National Park, and saguaro and giant sequoia are threatened in their namesake parks.
Here are some predicted effects on western national parks:
Visit the NPS Climate Change Website to find out more about the overall National Park Service response to climate change.
Last updated: September 20, 2019