A new study by The Nature Conservancy has identified a series of natural "strongholds" across the Southeastern United States that are predicted to withstand the growing impacts of climate change and could help ensure nature's survival. The identification of the resilient sites in the Southeast is part of an ongoing study by The Nature Conservancy to locate climate strongholds across the country. Resilient landscapes were found throughout the Southeast, including among the limestone flats of central Florida - flats that store and supply water for the entire state.
As droughts, rising temperatures and other climate impacts threaten to destabilize natural areas across the United States and around the world, scientists believe these strongholds will be resilient enough to continue providing habitat to a wide variety of plants and animals while also serving as sources of clean drinking water, fertile soils and other important services people rely upon for survival. The authors of the study, however, warned that these natural strongholds must be protected from damaging development, pollution and other negative actions, or they could lose their ability to shield nature from climate impacts. Learn more >>