An update on how climate change is affecting our Mountain Ecosystems.
Hopefully more people are aware that our beautiful and once "perfect" eco-system is/was a system. Water, trees, mountains, oceans, winds and waves all affect life-cycles.
Tomorrow will be the fourth year anniversary of the Deep Water Horizon Disaster, which occurred April 20, 2010. Talking about systems, our globe's largest wetlands were in the Mississippi Embayment, located in Louisiana. Millions of crude oil bleeding from a maw in the ocean floor, thirteen humans killed, and Corexit poured all over the mix damaged our wetlands.
The oceans waters travel the globe tri-yearly. When the oceans waters pass through the Gulf of Mexico, they used to be cleaned, and eventually became cooled water. That cooling did not happen for three years so far. Last year (2013) was a little cooler for us in the 93000's of the Longitude and Latitude of planet Earth. We have also gotten more rain in the last month, than I can remember in many years.
The shape our Earth is in spells dire circumstances to all living things. We are basically done arguing the validity of Climate Change, but it is my opinion that as a whole we are not seeing how much destruction has been done.
For each large mammal that is lost as a species brings us one step closer to the end of this Geologic Age.
**What use is it to write about this if things are so bad?
Answer: Knowledge is power, and the universe is made from the same thing we are made of. If enough of us will be determined to see Earth healed, species given respect and us changing the way we inhabit this planet, we can see massive change, and possibly save ourselves.
Our Mountain Ecosystems are affected exponentially. The United States Geological Survey maps and monitors the Earth and all of her systems.
Here is a small excerpt from the article linked above: "... in fact, the higher elevations of the Northern Rockies have experienced three times the global average temperature increase over the past century. These same ecosystems provide up to 85% of the water humans depend on as well as a host of other ecosystem services such as snow-based recreation, timber, unique flora and fauna, and critical habitat for rare and endangered species such as bull trout and grizzly bear..."
For a grizzly bear to be called rare and/or endangered is all of the warning I would need to realize the state of being that we are in.