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News Coverage About RMCO

On December 4, 2014, RMCO and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report documenting a large increase in extreme storms in Michigan. News coverage includes Michigan sees surge of extreme storms, Michigan Radio; Climate change in Grand Rapids: Mayor George Heartwell says 'There's more water coming', Grand Rapids Press/Mlive; and New Report: Climate Change Has Extreme Rain Storms in Michigan Trending Way Up, eNews Park Forest.

On September 10, 2014, the Union of Concerned Scientists and RMCO released a report on how climate change is affecting Rocky Mountain forests, and what those effects may be in the future. News coverage includes Colorado's iconic aspens face steep decline from climate changes, KUNC Northern Colorado Community Radio, Report: Climate change transforming Rocky Mountain forests, ABC News 7 Denver; Report: Rockies' pines, firs lose majority of habitat on current climate path, The Missoulian; Forests in the Rocky Mountains are getting clobbered, Colorado Springs Independent; Climate change accelerating death of Western forests, USA Today; Report: Trees in trouble in the West, Great Falls Tribune; Bugs, heat and fire decimating forests, Durango Herald; Rocky Mountain Forests Vanishing as Planet Heats Up, Environment News Service; and Rocky Mountain forests are dying, report finds, blaming climate change, Denver Post.

On February 3, 2013, RMCO and the City of Fort Collins released a report on recent increases in hot days and heat waves in that city, and on projected future increases. New coverage includes articles in the Fort Collins Coloradoan and the Boulder Daily Camera.

On August 29, 2012, RMCO and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report, Atlantic National Seashores in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption, documenting how climate change is already affecting the seven national seashores on the Atlantic Coast: Cape Cod (in Massachusetts) , Fire Island (New York), Assateague Island (Maryland and Virginia), Cape Hatteras (North Carolina), Cape Lookout (North Carolina), Cumberland Island (Georgia), and Canaveral (Florida) national seashores. News coverage was in the print or online editions of several of the nation’s largest-circulation dailies: USA Today (#2 in circulation), the New York Times (#3), Los Angeles Times (#4), Newsday (#16), Boston Globe (#25), Orlando Sentinel (#34, on the front page, and also a follow-up article), plus Business Week, Huffington Post, Savannah Morning News, and more than three dozen smaller publications, including as the lead story in the print edition of the Salisbury (MD) Daily Times; on national public radio affiliates in New York, Washington, Charlotte; and on local TV and radio news programs. The report also prompted editorials by the Cape Cod Times and the Richmond County (NC) Daily Journal on the need to tackle climate change to protect these special places. This is the ninth report RMCO has prepared on climate change impacts in national parks—eight in partnership with NRDC and one with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. With the press coverage and public attention these reports have won, they are helping us bring home to Americans that climate change is already affecting special places we know and love, and is not some distant issue about remote places.

RMCO’s reports have now been covered by 18 of the top 25 newspapers in the nation.   

On May 16, 2012, RMCO and NRDC released a report, Doubled Trouble: More Midwestern Extreme Storms, detailing how much heavy precipitation has increased in the Midwest over the past half century and shedding new light on the devastating and costly floods that have hammered the region, especially in recent years. National and even international news media coverage included articles by major wire services, including Reuters and McClatchy, with coverage by many major newspapers in the region, including the Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, Detroit News, Des Moines Register, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Dayton Daily News, as well as many local publications and websites. Extensive TV and radio coverage included CBS St. Louis, St. Louis Public Radio, WXOW (local TV), and Minnesota Public Radio.On September 27, 2011, RMCO and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition released a report, Greater Yellowstone in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption, detailing how climate change may affect the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem--Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, parts of six national forests, and more. Coverage in the national news media included reports by the New York Times and Reuters, with the latter article picked up across the nation and even overseas. Regionally, coverage included articles in the Bozeman Chronicle (the paper's lead article), Billings Gazette, Jackson Hole News and Guide, Idaho State Journal, Cody Enterprise, Island Park (ID) Press, Sublette Examiner, and more. More specialized coverage included Scientific American and National Parks Traveler. Temperature rise tops in lower 48, Arizona Daily Star, August 6, 2011. Arizona is heating up faster than any other state in the lower 48, federal records show. One reason may be the state's dry weather - rainfall statewide averaged about an inch less in 2001-10 than a century earlier. When there's less moisture to evaporate, more of the sun's heat goes into making the land and air hotter, said Stephen Saunders, president of RMCO.

On July 13, 2011, RMCO and NRDC released a report, Great Lakes National Parks in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption, outlining how human-caused climate change may affect Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (in Indiana); Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks national lakeshores and Isle Royale National Park (in Michigan); and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (in Wisconsin). Coverage included more than 100 news outlets: Report says climate change harming Great Lakes parks, an Associated Press story picked up by the Chicago Tribune and many others across the country; More deer ticks, fewer loons: Climate change on the Great Lakes, in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, also widely reprinted; Climate change hurting national parks near Great Lakes, report says, in the Detroit News; Report: Great Lakes Parks Already Suffering From Climate Disruption, CBS Detroit; among more local stories, Climate change could heat up Indiana Dunes, Times of Northwest Indiana, and Apostle Islands Already Feeling Climate Change: Report, Ashland Current; and an editorial, Endangered Indiana Beaches, in the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

The Ghost Park, Men's Journal, April 5, 2011. An in-depth Men's Journal article on climate disruption's impacts on the ecosystems and enjoyment of Yellowstone National Park names RMCO as a leader in the fight against climate change and its various threats. An April blog posting on Global Warming & Colorado by Mike Nelson, chief meteorologist of KMGH-Channel 7, Denver's local ABC affiliate, recommends RMCO as an "excellent organization that provides in depth information about the changes expected in the Rocky Mountain area."

Fog burned off by climate change threatens to stunt Muir Woods' majestic redwoods, Marin Independent Journal, February 5, 2011. RMCO's October 2010 report, California's National Parks in Peril, continues to draw coverage in California. "To really protect these special places, we need to get serious about sharply cutting heat-trapping pollution, and doing it now," said Stephen Saunders, RMCO president.Guest column: Climate is changing Yellowstone, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, November 30, 2010, cited the 2008 report by RMCO and NRDC, Hotter and Drier: The West's Changed Climate on the impacts of climate disruption on Yellowstone National Park.

On November 10, 2010, RMCO and NRDC released a report, Acadia National Park in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption, detailing how a climate altered by human activities may affect the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Local media coverage was extensive, including "Report details climate, economic threats to Acadia," Bangor Daily News, November 10, 2010 .  Other coverage of the report was on local television news on WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and in the Boston Globe, the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal, WCSH6 (NBC Portland), Environmental News Today, National Parks Traveler, the Morning Sentinel, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine News Simply, BC World News, and Canadian Business.