Why Climate Change Is Hitting America’s National Parks Harder Than the Rest of the U.S.

Climate change is visiting America’s national parks.

In the first study comparing the impact of climate change across all 417 U.S. national parks, researchers report that the parks have seen double the national average temperature rise of 1?C from 1895 to 2010. Parks also saw 12% less precipitation, compared to an average 3% drop in the rest of the country.

“National parks aren’t a random sample — they are remarkable places and many happen to be in extreme environments. Many are in...

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