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2 contrasting 'climate futures' are presented in a new Greater Grand Canyon Region report

By Tom Maxedon
Published: Monday, January 29, 2024 - 5:05am

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Sunrise from Cape Royal at the Grand Canyon
M. Quinn/National Park Service
Sunrise from Cape Royal at the Grand Canyon.

A new report by the U.S. Department of the Interior about the Greater Grand Canyon Region has been released.

It shows, perhaps unsurprisingly, a rate of temperature increase in the region from 1970-2020. That’s according to a release by the agency, and is one of the key takeaways from the document.

Those increased temperatures have induced both, “physical and ecological changes to the landscape [affecting] Colorado River flow, wildfire, tree regeneration and mortality, bird ranges, and insect changes,” according to the federal agency.

Two contrasting “climate futures” based on the findings are also presented.

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