WASHINGTON – Today, the National Park Service (NPS) released a report detailing actions underway to address climate change threats to infrastructure, recreation, and natural and cultural resources. The report follows a recent study that revealed sea-level rise caused by climate change could pose a risk to more than $40 billion worth of national park assets and resources.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell highlighted today’s report during a meeting in Paris with representatives from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, where the delegates discussed shared challenges in protecting World Heritage sites in the face of a changing climate.
Jewell is in Paris as part of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference.
“What’s happening in our national parks is a small window into the impacts of climate change on natural and cultural resources around the world,” Secretary Jewell said. “As negotiations kick off in Paris today, this report offers positive examples of what we can do, at a local level, to adapt and build resilience in the face of a changing climate – even as we work to curb carbon pollution around the world.”
Learn more here: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/paris-secretary-jewell-releases-report-actions-underway-combat-climate-change-national
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