Magazine article National Parks

Connecting the Dots

Magazine article National Parks

Connecting the Dots

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Everything in the world Is connected-you just may not know how. This, in short, is the "Daisy Chain Theory," developed by well-known British author, science historian, and television personality James Burke. I've long admired Burke and the simplicity of this powerful idea.

So how does this relate to national parks?

The individual actions taken and decisions made decades ago are now, collectively, playing out across the country, including in our national parks. Just one example is air quality. National parks should have clean air, right?

Yet here are a few facts from our recently published report, Polluted Parks: How Dirty Air Is Harming America's National Parks: 75 percent of our iconic parks have air quality that is unhealthy at times. Haze pollution limits how far you can see at 100 percent of the national paries. Four parks-Joshua Tree, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Paries-regularly have air quality that's unhealthy for most park rangers and visitors. …

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