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In July 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.

In April 2011, in Global Warming & Colorado, Mike Nelson, the 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 2011, cites RMCO's October 2010 report, California's National Parks in Peril. "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 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.

In November 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.

On October 26, 2010, RMCO and the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report, California's National Parks in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption. The report details how climate disruption could affect ten national parks in California. New coverage included a front-page article in the San Francisco Chronicle, complete with a color graphic: Global warming seen as threat to state's parks, October 27. "Stunted redwoods, flooded campgrounds and a mighty Yosemite waterfall reduced to a trickle. Those are a few of the dire consequences facing 10 California parks over the next century because of rapidly changing climate patterns, according to a new study by an environmental think tank. 'We're trying to illustrate that the ways we affect the climate affect the places we love,' said Stephen Saunders, a former deputy at the U.S. Department of the Interior under President Bill Clinton and president of the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Climate Organization in Denver. 'It's not just about ice caps and polar bears. This is going to hit us at home.'"

Other news coverage on our California report included Joshua Tree: Temperatures could rival Death Valley, study finds, in the Riverside Press-Enterprise; Report Predicts Hot Future For California National Parks, Scientific American; Visit Death Valley soon -- it’s just going to get hotter, San Francisco Business Times; New Study: Yosemite Could Get Hotter Than Sacramento: California’s National Parks, Economy Face Climate-Change Threats,; New Study: Yosemite Could Get Hotter Than Sacramento, Sacramento Bee; and more.

Climate Change Could Spell Disaster for National Parks: Hotter temperatures, higher seas viewed as “greatest threat ever” to country’s scenic treasures, Miller-McCune, September 20, 2010, featured RMCO's work. “'Climate change is a huge, transforming, all-encompassing threat to the national parks,' said Stephen Saunders, founder and president of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, a nonprofit group that released a report with the Natural Resources Defense Council last year naming Dry Tortugas, Jamestown, Glacier and Joshua Tree as four of the nation's 25 most imperiled national parks. 'This is not just about melting polar ice caps,' Saunders said. 'It's about places close to home that we love.'"