One year after President Trump hit the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in half, new research shows that at least…
One year after President Trump hit the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in half, new research shows that at least 80 species could be injured.
And it’s just bees.
Trump’s proclamation noted President Clinton had declared Utah the wilderness “one of the richest Florist regions in Intermountain West”. But it was argued that Clinton identified “only a few” species worth protecting – and the few species would still do well after Trump broke the monument and shrunk it by 870,000 hectares. When the courts decide if Trump’s motion was legal, bina meet new problems from human disabilities that were exacerbated by climate change (although some may ultimately benefit).
Researchers have studied all the beekeepers -660, they think they live within the 1
.7 million hectare national monument. Much is still a mystery. There are almost as many beasts in the Grand Staircase Escalante as it is east of Mississippi, says Olivia Messinger Carril, one of the authors of the study. The results were published in the newspaper PeerJ .
They include highly specialized creatures whose range is the size of a living room. Some live off a single type of cactus or dare out in the outdoors for a few weeks each year. Others are as small as George Washington’s nose in the quarter, she said.
Trump divided the monument into three pieces while removing protection from about half of the area, on the recommendation of Interior Minister Ryan Zinke. He did the same with another Utah national monument, Bears Ears. Environmentalists have sued to stop it and argue that presidents have no power to regain monument protection ( E & E News PM December 4, 2017).
Moved could give more pastures and motor vehicles. And the recently unprotected areas include some bees that are known only in the Mojave Desert.
“These are” marginal populations, “said writer Joseph Wilson, professor of Utah State University, in a statement.
” It is in the face of climate change that they may be the first to be extinct as the region is getting warmer and drier, or the area can provide a refuge for populations of the same species now living in the Mojave Desert, “he said.
Researchers were easy to discover that more than 86 percent of the beasts of the monument still had a certain range within the recently revised
Global warming can drive some of them out of these limits. But it’s very hard to predict, said Carril, because hardly any researcher has names of any of these species, yet a sophisticated approach to their lifestyle. 19659002] The roads, for example, damage ecosystems through fragmentation of habitats, but in the southwest, rain rains in the roads and can cause more flowers. So it is possible that some of the more robust bee species can adapt to change conditions, says Carril.
Scientists do not really know what would happen if these bees disappeared, she said, unlike honey bees, which has been studied in detail.
“I do not think it makes them any less valuable,” said Carril. “The fact that we do not know them still gives them value. We must understand these bin better before we make decisions about them.”
Reprinted from Climatewire with permission from E & E News. E & E provides daily coverage of key energy and environmental issues at www.eenews.net.