National Park Quietly Removes 'Climate Change' Warning After Years of Heavy Snow
Sign said glaciers would disappear by 2020 due to global warming
The National Park Service for the Glacier National Park has quietly removed a sign saying that the glaciers would disappear in 2020 due to climate change.
The park experienced snowfall that was 'above average' in recent years upended computer model projections that NPS based their claim that the glaciers “will all be gone by the year 2020,"
“Glacier retreat in Glacier National Park speeds up and slows down with fluctuations in the local climate,” the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), told The Daily Caller.
“Those signs were based on the observation before 2010 that glaciers were shrinking more quickly than a computer model predicted they would,” USGS said.
“Subsequently, larger than average snowfall over several winters slowed down that retreat rate, and the 2020 date used in the NPS display does not apply anymore.”
NPS updated the signs at the St. Mary Visitor Center glacier over winter.
The sign that warned the glaciers would all disappear by 2020 was replaced with:
"When they disappear entirely, however, will depend on how and when we act.”
The areas of Glacier National Park blanketed in glaciers decrease 70% from the 1850s to 2015, USGS said.
Melting began at the end of the Little Ice Age.
Scientists believe the region as covered by 146 glaciers, opposed to 26 in 2019.
But USGS continues to insist that glaciers could all disappear sometime between 2030 and 2080, depending on global warming.
“The overall picture remains the same, however, and that picture is that the glaciers all continue to retreat,” USGS said.
Blogger Roger Roots wrote:
“As recently as September 2018 the diorama displayed a sign saying GNP’s glaciers were expected to disappear completely by 2020,” Roots wrote.
“The ‘gone by 2020’ claims were repeated in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other international news sources.”
Roots put up a $5,000 bet that Glacier National Park would still have glaciers in 2030.
“Almost everywhere, the Park’s specific claims of impending glacier disappearance have been replaced with more nuanced messaging indicating that everyone agrees that the glaciers are melting,” Roots wrote.
“Now the Park Service is scrambling to remove the signs without their visitors noticing,” Roots posted on his Facebook wall, along with video footage showing the sign changes.
“There are currently 26 glaciers in the park. Scientific models project that many will no longer meet the size criteria used to define a glacier sometime between 2030 and 2080,” NPS said in a statement to TheDCNF.