Climate change may get in the way of future Olympic Winter Games, a new study finds.
If the globe continues to warm at its current rate — and measures aren’t taken to mitigate climate change — the report concludes that only six out of the last 19 locations that hosted the winter games will be cold enough to hold them by the end of the century.
The report was conducted by the University of Waterloo and Austria’s Management Center at Innsbruck.
“It is clear that the cultural legacy of the world celebration of winter sport is at risk if the warmer climate scenarios of the late-21st century are allowed to occur,” the report states.
Researchers looked at two scenarios to formulate global warming projections: one that follows a low-emissions trajectory and another with high-emissions.
The study uses the latest report by the United Nation’s estimates on global climate change and data from the World Meteorological Organization to access future greenhouse gas emissions effects on snow depth and temperatures at a given location.