Nov 2, 2021 - Science

Climate change is causing people to change their bucket lists

Ashtyn Perry, 13, climbs a scorched sequoia tree in Sequoia Crest, Calif. Photo: Noah Berger
Ashtyn Perry, 13, climbs a scorched sequoia tree in Sequoia Crest, Calif. Photo: AP/Noah Berger

Climate change is spurring people to rapidly accelerate their bucket lists — see the millennia-old Sequoia trees before they burn, the glaciers before they melt or the tropical reefs before they die.

Why it matters: Climate change is having a profound impact on the earth's natural wonders.

For more than a century, Californians were taught that the great redwoods were fireproof. The first sequoia tree incinerated in recorded history was in 2015, AP reports.

  • Since then, thousands of the giant trees have burned in Sequoia National Park and the adjacent Sequoia National Forest.
  • To blame: climate change and long-term forest management policies.

America's most famous glaciers, memorably viewed from the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, are projected to vanish by the end of this century.

  • Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals in 25 years, a report said last year.
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