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7 National Parks Threatened by Climate Change Around the World
Seen from unincorporated Mariposa County, Calif., an air tanker drops fire retardant on the Washburn Fire burning in Yosemite National Park on Monday, July 11, 2022. Forest ecologists and firefighters in California’s Yosemite National Park are taking extraordinary steps to protect ancient sequoia trees — including the Grizzly Giant , the park’s oldest and second largest — from increasingly severe forest fires fueled by climate change, according to the New York Times .
They’re wrapping them in flame-retardant blankets, soaking the surrounding ground in hundreds of gallons of water per minute, creating walls of mist around the trees, and much more.
Their efforts have prevented some of the most storied and towering trees from becoming charred stumps, but it’s unclear how long the flames can be held back in the years to come.
Already, the Washburn fire has burned 3,000 acres in the southern part of the park in what could be just a glimpse of the megafires on the horizon.
A 2018 analysis by a team of researchers found that national parks throughout the US are facing more severe climate impacts than the rest of the country, largely because they’re often located in extreme environments, such as Alaska, and because they encompass […]