--The biggest news this week is that we need to get serious about climate change. Things could be extremely ugly by 2040 if we don't do anything. To read more, click here.
--The North Cascades was designated a National Park fifty years ago! To read more, click here.
--Newsradio 560KPQ is reporting that, "Far from being a future threat, climate change already is making national parks hotter and the effects could get much worse, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Researchers went back to 1895 to chart temperatures and found they’re rising twice as fast in the country’s national parks as they are in the rest of America. The co-author of the study, a climate change scientist at Cal Berkeley, Patrick Gonzalez, says while the study makes stunning predictions for parks in the future, national parks like the North Cascades in Washington are in the midst of climate change right now." To read more, click here.
--CNN is reporting that, "A California man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday for illegally starting a fire that burned nearly 10,000 square feet of historic trees and other vegetation in the Joshua Tree National Park." To read more, click here.
--The search for a missing climber on Longs Peak was suspended yesterday due to weather. To read more, click here.
--Quinn Brett, the Colorado based climber who was severely injured in a fall in Yosemite last year, is doing everything she can to get back to normal. The former climbing ranger is "working for the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, she is writing for Patagonia, making instructional Yoga videos for people with Spinal cord injuries, and as she did before her injury, helping with high alpine rescues." To read more, click here.
Notes from All Over:
--The LA Times is reporting that, "Williamson Rock is a sheer granite wall that rises from chaparral in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Crisscrossed with 300 routes, it has been a proving ground for Southern California rock climbers since the 1960s. But in a move that outraged many in the climbing community, the area was shut down in 2005 to protect an isolated colony of federally endangered Southern California mountain yellow-legged frogs from being trampled." To read more, click here.
--A climber was bitten by a copperhead in Kentucky this week. To read more, click here.