Climate change in the Pacific Northwest

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A recent article by the Tacoma News Tribune discusses the ways in which Mt. Rainier National Park illustrates a variety of impacts that climate change can have on some of the most valuable public lands. Many are concerned with the rate of glaciers melting, waters rising, and wildlife seeking different habitats. Researchers, like Amanda Kissel from the Palen Lab at Simon-Fraser University look to study sensitive aquatic organisms, like the Cascades frog, and determine how changing conditions could threaten the lakes and ponds they call home. In addition to threats towards plant and wildlife, visitor access could continue to be restricted due to landslides and flooding. These events require costly repairs that might just not be worth the risk in the future. For this we must remember that we are a part of the natural world around us and every action matters. Decisions made on a small scale can still have global implications and these will only become more important as time moves on.

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