Climate Change may Ruin Sierras and Delta

By Matt Baume
|  Friday, Jan 7, 2011  |  Updated 12:15 PM PDT
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Climate Change may Ruin Sierras and Delta

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SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, CA - JULY 30: A sign warning of today's extremely dangerous fire hazard conditions stands near a forest recovering from the massive McNally fire of July 2002 on July 30, 2004 in Sequoia National Forest in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. The Bush administration is pushing to undo a Clinton-era decision that put 58.5 million acres of national forests off-limits to development, especially in roadless areas. The new plan would allow the nation's governors to help decide whether roadless areas in their own states will be opened to logging or other commercial activities. U.S. forestry officials have announced that they want to quadruple the amount of logging allowed in the Sierra Nevada mountains in what they described as an effort to curb wildfires. California's 4 million acres of roadless forests represent about 4 percent of the state's land. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Say your goodbyes to the Sierras, the California Delta, and the state of Hawaii now, because they might not be around for much longer.

A new study by the Endangered Species Coalition says that many American landmarks face destruction due to climate change, according to the Gate. Some places will get warmer, others colder; some dryer, some wetter. New species will invade and others will vanish, rendering the landscape unrecognizable.

The top area of concern are the polar ice sheets, followed by coal reefs. California's mountains and rivers also made the list.

Yellowstone Park might also face destruction, according to the report, along with the Everglades and the Gulf Coast, which will suffer for decades from last summer's disastrous oil spill.

The Delta has long been a source of concern. Farms and suburbs have tapped the region for water, leaving many aquatic species struggling to survive. Without those organisms, the ecosystem has begun to break down, potentially causing a cascade of extinctions across the state.

In totally unrelated news, Congressional Republicans have taken steps to eliminate laws and committees that monitor the environment.

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