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Climate change will expose human vulnerability, test human resilience, but highlight human intelligence.

Transfogarascher Highway through Carpathian Mountains of Romania.  Some of the more extreme changes in climate will become evident on land.

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King Memorial: Nation's 395th National Park Last Updated on 2011-09-18 00:00:00 The National Park Service formally welcomed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial as America’s 395th national park on August 28, 2011 – the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The National Park Service also emphasized its commitment to working closely with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation. “Welcoming this memorial to the National Mall honors a heroic man and a critical chapter in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Martin Luther King, Jr., mobilized the power of faith and morality to break the chains of oppression that held our nation back. I commend the MLK Foundation and Harry Johnson for their tireless work in making this memorial a reality, so that we may always be... More »
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