Montana: Glacier National Park Trashed Signs Warning that Climate Change Will Melt Glaciers by 2020
The National Parks Service has quietly removed signs warning visitors to Glacier National Park that they should take their selfies with the glacier now, since it would be gone by 2020 — a victim of climate change.
The Daily Caller reports
that NPS was trying to swap out the visitors center signs warning
tourists of the park’s impending doom without fanfare, but a blogger who
writes specifically about environmental issues noticed the change
The signs, installed during the Obama
administration, warned tourists that the glaciers “will all be gone by
the year 2020.” They’ve since been replaced by signs that claim climate
change is still eroding the glaciers bit by bit, but that researchers
can’t make an accurate prediction about when, precisely, the glaciers of
Glacier National Park will disappear.
“When they completely disappear, however, will depend on how and when we act,” the sign now reads.
to the United States Geological Survey, the Caller discovered, the size
of the glaciers in any given year depend on the national park’s
microclimate and not on the climate as a whole. The glaciers melt and
freeze at different rates every year depending on weather and snowfall,
and while computer models might have once predicted that they’d all but
melt away by 2020, heavier snowfall has been a boon, increasing the
glaciers’ overall size steadily since 2009.
In 2019, it seems, the glacier actually grew even more,
thanks to a record-breaking Montana snowfall, stubbornly refusing to
come into compliance with the Obama adminstration’s dire predictions.