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Their emissions must be capped and significantly reduced in order to protect the parks from global warming, acid rain, unsightly haze, and unhealthy air. Climate change is already altering vital ecosystems protected by our parks. Federal, state, and local authorities must work together to ensure parks stand the greatest chance of surviving these changes with their natural treasures intact. Examples include creating buffers around parks and wildlife corridors between protected lands to give plants and animals room to migrate as their preferred temperature and other environmental conditions shift.

The problem is that national parks usually receive just two-thirds of what they need to cover annual operating expenses, leading to more than an $800 million a year shortfall (NPCA, 2006). Combine this deficit with the added expenses of coping with unexpected disasters such as the 2005 hurricane season and the situation becomes truly challenging. S. Coast Guard abandoned the lighthouse believing it would eventually fall into the sea. In 1950 the beacon was returned to the lighthouse, but by 1989 it was clear that the only way to save the distinctively striped landmark was to move it inland.

S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990 – 2004. gov/globalwarming/publications/emissions. Westerling, AL, Hidalgo, HG, Cayan, DR, and TW Swetnam. 2006. S. Forest Wildfire Activity. S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1999. Climate Change and Tennessee. EPA 236-F-99-002. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Yoshikawa, K and LD Hinzman. 2003. Shrinking thermokarst ponds and groundwater dynamics in discontinuous permafrost near Council, Alaska. Permafrost Periglac. S. Environmental Protection Agency 1997b.

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