As winter in Australia saw grassy slopes instead of snowy mountains, it became evident that climate change is already impacting ski resorts globally.
A study, which models the effects of a warming planet on European ski resorts, provides a stark warning about the consequences of climate change.
Europe boasts about half of the world’s ski resorts, all heavily reliant on consistent and predictable snowfall. Published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the research indicates that 53 percent of European ski resorts face a “very high risk” of insufficient snow supply with less than 2 degrees Celsius of global warming above pre-industrial levels.
This risk jumps to a staggering 98 percent with less than 4 degrees Celsius of warming. Current global temperatures are already at 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Very high risk
Dr. Samuel Morin, the lead author from France’s National Centre for Meteorological Research, explained that this “very high risk” assessment is based on the frequency of challenging conditions, such as snow-poor winters, rather than average snow conditions. He likened it to a heatwave, where what matters is the frequency of extreme events.
The decline in snowfall is primarily due to warming temperatures causing precipitation to fall as rain rather than snow. Artificial snowmaking is an option to mitigate this, but it comes at a cost. The study found that artificial snowmaking could reduce the number of resorts at “very high risk” to 27 percent under 2 degrees Celsius of warming and 71 percent under 4 degrees Celsius. However, this approach results in a 20 to 40 percent increase in water demand, which in turn drives up energy consumption and carbon emissions.
The ski industry and governments now face the challenge of adapting to climate change while reducing emissions, as ski tourism contributes to climate change through factors like transportation and housing.
In Australia, the impact of climate change on ski resorts has been evident since the 1950s, leading to a decline in snow depth and duration of the snow season. The number of snowfall days has also decreased, resulting in more unpredictable conditions.
Experts point out that while there will still be good snow days, the changing climate leads to a greater variability between boom years with heavy snowfall and bust years with less snow, making it challenging for ski resorts to predict and manage snow conditions.
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Following the pandemic—pent-up demand to travel exploded.
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YouTuber Trevor Jacob behind bars for plane crash stunt
YouTuber Trevor Jacob has been sentenced to jail after orchestrating a dangerous stunt involving a plane crash in a reckless bid for views.
The shocking incident unfolded as Jacob attempted to push the boundaries of extreme content creation on his YouTube channel.
In a bid to capture the attention of his audience, Jacob embarked on a perilous mission, piloting a small plane before deliberately crashing it. The stunt, which was filmed and uploaded to his channel, garnered immediate backlash from viewers, many of whom decried the reckless behavior as dangerous and irresponsible.
Authorities swiftly intervened, launching an investigation into Jacob’s actions. Following the investigation, he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to a prison term.
The incident has raised important questions about the ethics of content creation, the pursuit of internet fame, and the potential legal consequences for those who prioritize views over safety.
Russian women want their men back from Ukraine
In a heartfelt plea, Russian women have taken to the streets demanding the safe return of their loved ones from the Ukrainian front.
The conflict in Ukraine has stretched on for years, and the toll on families has been immense. Mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters are uniting to call for an end to the fighting and the return of their men.
The women, often referred to as the “mothers of the front,” are growing increasingly frustrated with the ongoing conflict. They argue that their husbands, sons, and brothers have been away for far too long, and the human cost of the war is simply too high.
With no clear resolution in sight, their calls for peace and reconciliation are becoming more urgent.
This grassroots movement has sparked a national conversation in Russia, with many questioning the government’s handling of the conflict.
While the official stance has been to support the separatist forces in Ukraine, these women are highlighting the personal tragedies and broken families left in the wake of the war. Their determination to bring their loved ones home is palpable.
The situation raises important questions about the impact of long-term conflicts on families, the role of women in peace movements, the government’s response to public sentiment, and the prospects for a peaceful resolution in the ongoing Ukraine conflict.
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