Temperatures in Yellowstone are at their highest in 800,000 years, posing a threat to mankind.
YELLOWSTONE is undergoing the hottest time in thousands of years, and the park’s future looks equally bleak, according to a recently released climate report.
Yellowstone National Park, which is home to the world-famous Yellowstone volcano, is on the verge of exploding. But not because of the volcanic caldera’s explosion, but because of the terrible repercussions of global warming. Yellowstone is seeing some of the highest temperatures in human history, according to the recently released Greater Yellowstone Climate Assessment (GYCA), a report on the state of climate change in the park.
Temperatures in the park are currently as high as or even higher than they have been in the last 20,000 years, which is a troubling state of affairs.
Worse yet, the park appears to be experiencing its warmest time in 800,000 years.
Average temperatures in the park have climbed by around 1.2 degrees Celsius since the 1950s, according to temperature data (2.3F).
The statistic is dangerously close to the IPCC’s warning about the consequences of just 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming.
The new information paints a bleak picture for Yellowstone, with scientists warning that the park is on the verge of becoming a tinderbox.
Warmer winters, hotter summers, early snowpack depletion, and less water availability will all result from rising temperatures, creating ideal circumstances for greater wildfire risk.
“This situation, in combination with increased tree mortality, has the potential to disrupt future fire regimes and lead to fast changes in forest ecosystems,” the paper says.
“Sustained climate change and fire disturbance will have an impact on species recovery following fire, affecting forest composition, and possibly converting forests to grassland at low elevations.
“As a result, increased fire activity in the GYA (Greater Yellowstone Area) portends major ecological changes and poses a hazard to human health and communities.”
Yellowstone National Park holds the distinction of being the world’s first national park, having been established on March 1, 1872.
The park runs throughout the northwest corner of Wyoming, as well as parts of Idaho and Montana, and covers nearly 3,500 square miles.
The park’s future is becoming increasingly dubious, despite its status as one of the most magnificent and iconic elements of the American landscape.
Yellowstone is seeing the effects of man-made climate change, which is harming not only the species but also the surrounding communities.
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