The Effects of Global Warming
on the Ski Resorts of the Alps
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 3
2. Definition and explanation of the global warming phenomenon 3
3. Present and future effects of the global warming phenomenon 5
4. Varius measures ski resorts can take in order to stay in
business and to help the economy 7
5. Conclusion 8
6. References 9
Today the estimated number of skiers and snowboarders worldwide is arround 65- 70 million. The effects of global warming on the environment are drastic and in most cases irreparable. Due to the global warming it might not be possible in the future for tourists to ski from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the mountain, due to lack of snow. It is estimated that in the worst-case scenario, all ski resorts in the year 2070 will not be operating due to lack of snow.
This paper discusses the effects of global warming on the ski industry in the Alps. The paper is divided into three parts. The first part of the paper provides a definition and explanation of the global warming phenomenon. The second section identifies both the present and future effects of changing climate on the ski industry. The final section discusses various measures that ski resorts can implement in order to stay in business and help in the economy.
2. Definition and explanation of the global warming phenomenon
Global warming is the heating up of the earth, brought about by an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The increase of greenhouse gases causes the global temperature to rise. One greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming is carbon dioxide. Cline (2000,p.12), speculated that small changes in the atmospheric composition affect the climate. However, it should be noted that all previous climate-change theories were simply speculations about the phenomenon of global warming. As stated in the book of Cline...