Summer vacation may provide an up-close view of climate change

Summer vacation may provide an up-close view of climate change

National parks reflect rising temperatures, declining air quality
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is named for the natural blue mist that is common along the Appalachian mountain range. The park is the nation’s busiest. In 2018, 11.4 million visitors passed through its scenic highways and hiking trails.

Summer vacation may provide an up-close view of climate change

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is named for the natural blue mist that is common along the Appalachian mountain range. The park is the nation’s busiest. In 2018, 11.4 million visitors passed through its scenic highways and hiking trails.

Summer vacation may provide an up-close view of climate change

Students and teachers sit in a meadow at Yosemite National Park, Calif., below Yosemite Falls. From 1895 to 2010, research found human-caused climate change increased the temperature in national parks by 2 degrees Fahrenheit.