Environmental Disruption

 

Climate change could make major changes in the character of our mountains and in the abundance and variety of life they support.

The Rocky Mountains' famous wildflowers, meadows, and expanses of mountain-top tundra could all be greatly reduced, or perhaps almost vanish, as a result of climate change. So could many alpine species of animals and plants.

“We're projecting, from these experiments, there's going to be a tremendous decline in the abundance of the flowers. You think of meadows strewn with gorgeous flowers. Many of those flowering plants are going to be decimated.''

Dr. John Harte, Professor of Environmental Science

 

     
         

“Some ecosystems that are already constrained by climate, such as alpine meadows in the Rocky Mountains, are likely to face extreme stress, and disappear entirely in some places.”

Climate Change Impacts on the United States (2000)

       
             
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