The European skiing industry has to reckon with much less snow and much shorter seasons as a result of climate change. Skiing resorts are responding to the challenge by using snow cannons and employing innovative snow production technologies – a practice that environmentalists believe to be particularly harmful.
Today, the Alps serve 44 percent of global skiing tourism, but European mountain regions are suffering the impact of climate change. The average temperature of the Alps has increased at twice the global average rate over the last 120 years, by 2 degrees Celsius, while Alpine skiing season has become almost 40 days shorter on average between 1960 and 2017.
Ski resort operators primarily respond to the phenomenon by using classic snow cannons (which is not a very good solution from the environmental perspective), investing on the order of a hundred million euros a year in improving their snowmaking infrastructure.
While the trend is quite alarming in Europe, in other parts of the world, climate change is shaping the snow situation in another direction for the time being: over the next few decades, America and Japan may expect longer skiing seasons than before. In Colorado, for instance, ski lifts were still running in June and July. Longer-term forecasts, however, are not so favourable there, either: it is expected that by 2050, the duration of the skiing season will be half of what it is today at two-thirds of US ski resorts.
From Alaska to California, the temperature of the Pacific Ocean is well above average.
Since measurements began in Czechia almost two and a half centuries ago, there has not been a summer as hot as this year’s in Prague, when daily average temperatures reached 22.9 degrees Celsius.
In her opening address at the 42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed grave concern about the condition of the global environment.
Climate change is making Germany’s climate warmer, with a series of new high temperature records and heat waves making people’s lives more difficult. In response to the changes, the German Trade Union Confederation has proposed introducing the siesta break to protect workers.
Climate change will have a long-term effect on the future of a third of the bird species studied.
The country’s average temperature has increased by 0.47 degrees Celsius each decade since 1976.
It is a lesser known fact that climate change is also making the oxygen levels of the oceans drop. Over the last 50 years, the average oxygen content of the world’s oceans has dropped by almost 2%, which may have dramatic consequences.
A study by researchers at the University of Colorado claims that along with new types of psychological problems such as climate anxiety and ecological grief, climate change has many other unfavourable consequences for human health, such as the chronic kidney disease that is becoming increasingly common among agricultural workers.
Europe is warming up faster than expected, with climate change increasing the number of extremely hot days while reducing the number of extremely cold ones, reported researchers at ETH Zürich University in their study published in the journal of the American Geophysical Union, the Geophysical Research Letters.
The hydrography research group of the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet has discovered five islands in the region of Franz Josef Land in the Arctic Ocean, the website of the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.