Public Lands

U.S. Lands Endangered by Global Warming, Government Report Says

September 06, 2007:
GAO publishes study in response to Friends of the Earth request; companion data about how specific lands may be affected will soon be available

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office is releasing a report today indicating federally managed lands and waters are vulnerable to both current and expected impacts of global warming. Further, the report concludes that the ability of federal employees on the ground to address climate change is stymied by a lack of direction, inadequate scientific knowledge and insufficient resources. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and John Kerry (D-MA) requested the report in response to a request from the Bluewater Network, which is now part of Friends of the Earth.

"Global warming is the greatest threat our public lands and waters have ever faced," said Friends of the Earth Program Associate Kate Horner. "Unfortunately, this report indicates that once again, the Bush administration and its political appointees have impeded efforts to protect our most treasured places by effectively ignoring the impacts of global warming agency planning and management decisions."

The GAO report finds that U.S. public lands and waters are vulnerable to both