Local News

Group claims global warming may impact parks

Posted July 11, 2007
Updated April 30, 2008

— The National Parks Conservation Association, a park advocacy group, called global warming an "unnatural disaster" for national parks in North Carolina and across the country. The group called on Congress and the administration to take action before the centennial of the National Park System.

"North Carolina's national parks are wonders of our park system, offering economic benefits, recreational opportunities and irreplaceable memories for local residents," NPCA Blue Ridge Senior Program Manager Greg Kidd said. "We all have a responsibility to do all we can to protect them."

The NPCA's new report, "Unnatural Disaster: Global Warming and Our National Parks," claims that global warming might contribute to the Blue Ridge Parkway seeing more Code Red ozone alerts. Also, portions of the Appalachian Trail could be washed out, and Cape Hatteras' famous lighthouse may need to be moved again or risk being washed away, the report said.

The report claims that sea-level rise, increasing storm strength and flooding threaten low-lying historic areas along North Carolina's Outer Banks, such as the earthen fort at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. The report suggests that the rising temperatures may upset the natural ecosystem of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

"Congress and the administration should take action now to preserve our national heritage," NPCA President Tom Kiernan said. "We have less than 10 years until the 100th birthday of our National Park System. Now is the time for action. Taking care of our national parks should be a national priority."


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • whatelseisnew Jul 13, 2007

    Actually I am counting on the global warming nuts to be right. As I calculate it I just might be in the right spot to have ocean front property when the oceans finish rising.

  • ladyblue Jul 11, 2007

    Gwally according to the ecologist, Gore did more harm to the green earth thing because they used more energy than they did good. I didn't day that That's what I saw reported.

  • GWALLY Jul 11, 2007

    ....well OK then.....now exactly WHAT do we do??? Didn't we just have a 24hr concert last weekend that solved this problem??

  • blackdog Jul 11, 2007

    The earth is flat...the sun revolves around the earth...

  • ladyblue Jul 11, 2007

    I say a special on Discovery showing that scientists are stating that Gore is stretching the facts. They core drilled recently very deep in Arctic and found plants frozen in ice core that normally grows in very hot and dry areas showing that earth climate changes and we are about due another drastic change. The said the arctic used to be dry and hot just like some deserts used to be covered in ice.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Jul 11, 2007

    Another scare tactic like Y2K. Fear creates ecomonic opportunities for bloated loosers like Al Gore.

  • bubbabillybob Jul 11, 2007

    How do these radical environmentalists know that if we all cut out our cars, shut down the factories, lived in tents & wiped out all the cows that the earth would stop warming. The earth supports life, and to live we must generate heat. I thought that the whole "humans are destroying the earth" idea was debunked years ago when scientists came to the conclusion that the earth naturally warms & cools in cycles.

    These radicals & Al Gore followers will not stop while there is a dollar to be made.

  • TruthBKnown Jul 11, 2007

    In about 20-30 years we will be laughing at how stoopid we were to believe this global warming hoax. How long ago was it that there was a fear of a deep freeze happening? It was as much of an "undebatable sure thing" as global warming is today.

    Global warming is a hoax and a joke, folks.

  • Slip Kid Jul 11, 2007

    Ummm, key words are 'claims' and 'may'. When will these doomsday dreamers back up these requests for huge expeditures of money and resources with facts? I agree, the earth may be warming, but there is little evidence it has anything to do with modern man's impact on the earth. We only have about 100 years of accurate climate data, which is less than a blink of an eye in earth-time. Study first, then spend. Please.