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In The Media: Of 21 Winter Olympic Cities, many may soon be too warm to host the Games

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Winter Olympics as we've known them may be gone forever if global warming continues. The New York Times caught up with ENV Geographer Dan Scott to see just how bad things really are.

In the Media New York Times"A team of researchers, led by Daniel Scott, a geography professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, came to that conclusion by taking climate data from previous Winter Games locations and applying climate-change models to predict future winter weather conditions," says the Times. 

"In Vancouver, which melted under one of its warmest winters on record, organizers brought in 1,000 bales of straw and covered them with a mix of artificial snow and natural snow hauled in from higher elevations to cover the bare ski slopes."

"Even in a warming world, some regions will still have cold places. But the number of possible Winter Olympics locations will decline. In the future, the Winter Games might rotate through a handful of the same cities."

Read the whole story, along with some amazing interactive graphing in the original New York Times piece.

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