Media Source: Earth Justice
Program Name: Earth Justice
Show Name: Down2Earth
Broadcast Year: 2013
Original Link: http://earthjustice.org/features/down-to-earth-qa-with-climate-research-ecologist-dan-fagre
This podcast features Dan Fagre, a research ecologist. He provided the podcast with numerous insights into how exactly the evolving climate has had a negative effect on Glacier National Park. Each year, Dan Fagre and his research team have measured a consistent receding of glacier ice. With the glaciers melting at such a rapid rate, nearby streams and aquatic ecosystems are at a grave risk of functioning with the ecosystems becoming too warm or drying up all together. There was also a question posed regarding if climate change will have any positive effects on the nearby ecosystems. Dan Fagre provided insight into how the only species that will be positively influenced are invasive species and plants. In addition, predators in Glacier National Park are at risk of endangerment due to a lack of prey and energy for them to survive, especially snow dependent carnivores. Dan Fagre then described to the interviewer how climate change is the most drastic at higher altitudes. Due to this, the mountains in Glacier National Park are experiencing the greatest affects of climate change and have been negatively influenced the most. In order to solve this issue, Researchers still need to gather more information and a larger data set to fully understand how to counteract these climate changes before making a brash decision and possibly hurting the situation even more.