February 16, 2010

Winter Olympics melting due to Climate Change

By Ai Lung Nguyen - February 2010.

ENTERTAINMENT/ENVIRONMENT - If you came to the Winter Olympics in Canada you might be a bit surprised by how warm it is: A balmy 9 degrees Celsius.

Its so warm visitors are wearing t-shirts and going golfing, enjoying some of Vancouver's many golf courses. For tourists the effects of global warming a bit of a blessing since they're not having to endure the dreadful cold of a Canadian winter in the mountains.

The record warm temperatures in February, the warmest in over a hundred years, is not unheard of. The Rocky Mountains have been getting steadily warmer every year due to climate change, but this year is startling warm. 15 degrees Celsius in downtown Vancouver and 9 degrees Celsius in the mountains means the snow is melting so rapidly the Olympics organizers are struggling to truck in snow from neighbouring mountains and even as far away as Alberta and the Yukon.

Maybe we should call it the Slushy Olympics? Or the Foggy Olympics since there's a lot of fog on the ski hills.

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