NEWS via PRI.com: Will climate change Kill the Winter Olympics?

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Will climate change kill the winter Olympics? Reporter Peter Thomson January 30, 2014 · 5:45 PM EST Credit: Wongm/Wikimedia commons- Snow making is underway at Mount Hotham in, Victoria, Australia, in 2007. The organizers of the games in Sochi, Russia, promise that there will be snow for the winter Olympics that start there next Friday. They’re hoping it’s mostly real snow, but they’ve also got hundreds of artificial snow makers at the ready, not to mention mountains of snow stored from last winter. But snow isn’t enough. You also need a venue that can handle an influx of tens of thousands of people, and a location where the facilities will still be useful after all those people disappear. That’s been a tough equation, even in the relatively stable climate since the first winter Olympics were held in 1924. But global warming will only make it worse. How much worse? A group of researchers led by Daniel Scott, a professor of Global Change and Tourism at [...]
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