Climate change threatens Mount Rainier ecosystem's future: Oregon environment roundup

December 22, 2014 4:01 PM

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A team at The Olympian has published a lengthy exploration into the effects of climate change on the Washington mountain. The package, which includes multiple stories examining everything from how climate change's effects will hamper public access at Mount Rainier National Park and impact species, to how the mountain will look as glaciers continue receding at an alarming rate. The crux of the package, as laid out in the first section: "As global warming intensifies, we'll need to decide: Do we spend the millions of dollars required every year to repair park roads? Do we move endangered plants and animals to places they can survive? What in the park is most worth saving? And how hard does it make sense to try?"

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