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Understanding the science of climate change: Talking points - impacts to western mountains and forests


Loehman, Rachel; Anderson, Greer. 2009. Understanding the science of climate change: Talking points - impacts to western mountains and forests. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRPC/NRR - 2009/090. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Natural Resources Program Center. 30 p.

Climate change presents significant risks to our nation's natural and cultural resources. Although climate change was once believed to be a future problem, there is now unequivocal scientific evidence that our planet's climate system is warming (IPCC 2007a). While many people understand that human emissions of greenhouse gases have caused recent observed climate changes, fewer are aware of the specific impacts these changes will bring. This document is part of a series of bioregional summaries that provide key scientific findings about climate changes in and impacts to protected areas. The information is intended to provide a basic understanding of the science of climate change, known and expected impacts to resources and visitor experience, and actions that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to change. The statements may be used to communicate with managers, frame interpretive programs, and answer general questions to the public and the media. They also provide helpful information to consider in the developing sustainability strategies and long-term management plans.

Keywords: climate change, emissions, greenhouse gases


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Understanding the science of climate change: Talking points - impacts to western mountains and forests
Electronic Publish Date: October 16, 2009
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October 16, 2009

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