Monday, December 18, 2006

Alpine Ski Resorts Wake Up and Smell the Climate Change

As reported previously in this very blog, the European Alps are experiencing their warmest winter in hundreds of years. In layperson's terms, that means the skiing, what little of it there is, stinks. Snow machines churn out fake white stuff every morning, but by midmorning, rising temps require resorts to turn off the equipment because the psuedo-snow will no longer stick.
According to a story in the New York Times, Climatologists...say the warming trend will become dramatic by 2020. The new studies are alarming, suggesting that the Alps are warming twice as fast as the average in the rest of the world. In 1980, 75 percent of Alpine glaciers were advancing; now, 90 percent are retreating.

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